Monday, October 16, 2017

It Pays to Be Comfortable

Although I do everything I can over the weekend to get ready for the work week ahead, it never seems to be enough. I'm super busy and there aren't enough hours in the day. Argh!

I did have a nice weekend, though, getting my hair done on Saturday and meeting up with my dad on Sunday. He met me at Barnes and Noble in Norcross to help me pick out a new audio book for an upcoming work trip. Since my car is an older model -- meaning it won't play music or anything on my phone -- I am stuck (for now) with buying books on CD. 

I will be heading out tomorrow for a few meetings in Alabama, and without an audio book I would go crazy! I ended up with The Identicals, the newest Elin Hilderbrand novel. I love all her books, but they are pure escapism, all set on the beach in Nantucket. It's my dream to spend a long vacation there one day!

Today's dress is one I normally wear on the weekends or on very casual days. It's light and airy, but so comfortable to wear. Since I have so much work to do today, I wanted something that wasn't binding or high maintenance.

Dress: London Times Full Skirt Denim Dress (no longer available)

I've had this dress for over a year, so unfortunately it looks like it is sold out online. I originally bought it for my trip to Charleston last summer (2016), but have never worn it to work...until today! London Times is my go-to brand for cheap, casual summer dresses. I paid just $35 for this dress.

These wedges are super comfortable. I bought them for my recent trip to New York City, and walked around Central Park for hours in them without my feet hurting or getting blisters. If you need a cute, comfortable sandal with some height, I definitely recommend this style.

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Showing Skin

Today's dress is by the always fabulous Ted Baker London. While I have a lot of black dresses hanging in my closet, I thought this dress was a little different -- and a little daring. The color you see at the waist and the hem is actually skin (with no lining). It's sexy in a subtle way... my favorite way.

Ted Baker London dresses are expensive -- most will say too expensive -- so I will only purchase them on sale. I got this one for about 60% off at Nordstrom, but like most good sale items at Nordstrom, it sold out very quickly. You really have to keep an eye on the things you want. That's when your online bookmarks come in handy!

Outfit Details:

Dress: Ted Baker London Dayzey Fit & Flare Dress in Black

Shoes: Prada Bow Tie Platform Sandals (no longer available)

Monday, October 9, 2017

Dressing for Atlanta Humidity

I absolutely love living Atlanta -- except on high humidity days like today. Since it literally rained all day yesterday -- thank you, Nate! -- I probably should have expected the 80-degrees temperatures and out-of-control humidity levels that greeted me when I stepped outside this morning.

I still couldn't help but cry out: "But it's October!"

It feels more like the middle of  July.

On days like today, I like to dress more comfortably, but since I had interviews (to conduct) and meetings (to run) pretty much back-to-back at the office, I still needed to look my best.

Enter Karen Millen!

Outfit Details:

Dress: Karen Millen Ombré Blossom Sheath Dress (no longer available)

I absolutely adore this dress. It's form-fitting but still professional, and the detail at the waist makes me feel so skinny! The back of the dress has some lace detail, too.

Shoes: L.A.M.B. High Heeled Sandals

I've had these L.A.M.B. sandals for at least six or seven years. They are still in great condition -- and still fetch me a lot of compliments, mostly awe for how I so easily walk in them. ;) I often feel like Carrie Bradshaw, just running around town in my heels.

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

A Dress That Moves

Clothing with movement is often the most eye-catching. Whenever I walk in this organza CeCe dress, it's like I'm on a runway. As the fabric flows around and behind me, I feel beautiful. The right outfit can really fuel my confidence and help me believe in myself -- and I really need that right now.

The clothes you wear mean something. It shows you take pride in yourself, and that can inform everything else you do.

Dress: CeCe by Cynthia Steffe (no longer available)

Sandals: Jimmy Choo Hesper 85 Mirror Leather Sandals

Monday, October 2, 2017

Bold in Red

Despite working most of the weekend in an attempt to get ahead, I still feel overwhelmed with work. There just aren't enough hours in the day! I've been getting up at 4:45, but I think I'm going to start having to get up even earlier. Sleep? Who needs sleep?

I needed something easy and comfortable to wear today, so I grabbed this beautiful eyelet dress from one of my favorite designers, Alice + Olivia. This dress feels bold -- mainly via the smart choice of red -- yet still soft and feminine.

Dress: Alice +  Olivia Karen Eyelet Embroidered Party Dress

Shoes: Schutz Scalloped Lace-Cut Leather Sandals (no longer available)

It's windy here in Atlanta today! I love when the wind throws back my hair at the perfect angle. It's much cheaper than renting a wind machine. ;)

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Add Some Sparkle

This week seems to be flying by in slow motion -- I'm super busy, so the days pass quickly, but the week feels long already -- so I decided to wear this sparkly dress today to inject some extra dazzle into my mid-week doldrums.

Dress: Donna Rico Printed Sequin Dress

I bought the dress on Amazon the day after Christmas last year for just $18.52. I couldn't believe my good luck that I could get such a pretty dress for such a huge discount. It was originally $159, so I definitely scored a deal.

You can still find the dress online -- and on sale -- at Amazon, Bluefly and (Unfortunately, the dress has not been discounted as drastically as it was back when I purchased it.)

Sizing Tip:
It runs a little large, so I would size down.

The dress falls to my knee, which I know makes me look shorter than my five feet, three and a half inches, but it wasn't worth it to me to get it altered. With heels, it still works.

You're probably wondering why I bought the dress ten months ago and am just now wearing it. Well... To be honest, I really debated whether it was work appropriate. It's definitely eye-catching with all the sequins, so it seems more suited for a weekend outing or even something fancy like a wedding. But, I needed some sparkle in my week, so I wore it to work on a day when I didn't have any in-person meetings with clients (or potential clients) planned.

Shoes: Manolo Blahnik BB Ankle Strap Suede Pumps (no longer available)

Monday, September 25, 2017

Busy in Black Halo

Today has been such a busy day. Local Marketing, Inc. is in growth mode right now, which means my time is not really my own. I'm interviewing candidates for newly created positions, working with the sales team on closing business, and helping oversee a variety of client accounts. It's been a whirlwind month!

So, that said, this post will be short, but sweet. I still have work to do tonight!

Dress: Black Halo Sadie Botanic Sheath Dress (no longer available)

I love dresses that can be professional but still flirty and sexy. In fact, that description perfectly describes the Black Halo brand. I was drawn to this dress mainly because of the tropical print; it really grabs the eye with its pops of red and purple. The straps are adjustable, and the fit is ideal for showcasing a curvy figure.

Shoes: Jimmy Choo Nude Tallow Sandals

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Last Dance With Summer

Summer is coming to a close, and though Atlanta is currently experiencing hot weather, it's still obvious that Fall is on the horizon. The days are getting shorter, trees are starting to shed their leaves, and acorns seem to be everywhere I step. Soon, it will be too cold to wear sundresses like this one from French Connection.

Outfit Details:

French Connection Bluhm and Botero Fit and Flare Dress

The dress is currently available only at a few retailers: Amazon, Belk and Nordstrom Rack. Amazon has the biggest selection of sizes, but it's still full price.

This dress makes me feel like dancing! My parents actually treated me to the dress during an amazing sale at Dillard's, when it was marked down over 70%. (I only recommend buying French Connection clothing on sale.) The floral print is fun and the fit and flare design flattering for any body type (especially hourglass figures). But please note that the dress is made of a stiff material, so the skirt does flare out a bit more than typical fit and flare dresses as a result.

Shoes: Jimmy Choo Fearne Glitter Criss-Cross Wedges

I know I mention my parents a lot on this blog, but they are really are wonderful parents -- not just to me, but to my sisters and our husbands as well. In addition to being generous, they are always willing to help out with whatever we need. Just recently, for example, they kept Norman and Wally while we went to Cincinnati. When we stopped to pick them up, my mom had gluten-free lasagna waiting so we could eat before we went home. They continue to surprise and delight me with their thoughtfulness. I think I hit the lottery when it comes to parents. I hope they read this post and know how much I love them.

Monday, September 18, 2017

Cincinnati and a Fairytale Frock

Work has been so busy lately! Today passed by in a big blur, and I'm looking forward to the evening when I can relax a little bit. Chapin and I were in Cincinnati this past weekend meeting up with some of Chapin's "Internet" friends, so we haven't even watched the most recent episode of Project Runway! (More details on our trip below.)

After the long drive home yesterday (about seven hours), I wanted to feel pretty after feeling so grungy. So that's why I chose this beautiful lavender Nanette Lepore dress for this hectic Monday.

Outfit Details:

Dress: Nanette Lepore Fairytale Frock in Lavender/Lilac

The dress is so flattering, especially for women with curves, and you can still find it in select sizes at Amazon (in black), Neiman Marcus (in black), Saks and

I see why "fairytale" is included in the name; the frock boasts an empire waist, typical of the dress in many fairytales, and the ribbon ties below the bodice remind me of the ribbons used to play the Maypole Dance.

The color is also simply gorgeous, and I played it up with amethyst jewelry and purple eye makeup.

Shoes: Jimmy Choo Atlas Patent Leather Crisscross Sandals (no longer available)

With their ballerina like design and extra straps, I thought these Jimmy Choos were a good complement to the dress.

Weekend in Cincinnati

Chapin and I took Friday off and spent the weekend in Cincinnati to attend one of the world's largest Oktoberfest celebrations. The locals call it "Oktoberfest Zinzinnati"! Although I couldn't drink the beer, there was plenty of cider available, and I fit in just fine with my new hat!

We also attended a Cincinnati Reds game and ate some wonderful food, including breakfast (twice) at Maplewood Kitchen & Bar (the Pastel Omelette and Hashbrowns are amazing) and dinner at Orchids at Palm Court in our hotel. I also had so much fun drinking the "Patrick Swayze" and playing old video games at 16 Bit Bar & Arcade. We packed in a lot during our short time there.

Thursday, September 14, 2017


Hurricane Irma made its way into Georgia this week, and Chapin and I suffered through about 44 hours without power. We had to throw away most of what was in our fridge and freezer, and go without cable TV, Internet and other conveniences of modern day life for a (little) while. (I think I most missed my hairdryer.) But we had gas (read: hot water), plenty of flashlights, and decent bottles of wine on hand, so those two days were more than bearable.

I don't want to seem like I'm complaining, because I'm thankful -- so thankful -- that we didn't have to deal with more, and that my entire family and friends/clients in Florida (blame Irma) and Texas (thanks to Harvey) are safe and sound.

It helps to have perspective.

Today will be my only post for the week, so I thought I would wear a dress that I was really excited about. I think this Ted Baker London dress is just adorable. The belt, combined with the stretchy material you see with so many Ted Baker dresses, is ultra flattering, and the colors are distinctly autumn-like. So, even though it's technically still summer, I thought today would be a good day to usher in a new season.

Outfit Details

Dress: Ted Baker London Rowing Stripe Skater Dress

Shoes: Stuart Weitzman Soundtrack High Heel Sandals

Thursday, September 7, 2017

Fun With Shoes

Today's Alice and Olivia dress is both cute and comfortable -- my favorite combination. The dress is a vibrant coral/poppy hue, and should look great on just about any skin tone. I got so many compliments on the overall outfit, so I guess it worked with my olive complexion.

Dress: Alice + Olivia Textured Shane Short Sleeve Dress in Poppy

It's hard to see in the photo, but the dress has a textured, geometric striped pattern, and it is the perfect example of a true fit and flare dress. The fabric is a heavier cotton, and since it's actually been a little chilly here in Atlanta the past few days, it was a good choice for this beautiful Thursday.

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

These shoes... just so  much fun. They are like the cotton candy version of a pump, with multi-colored heels and bright swathes of purple and coral suede. The heels are super high, too; I just love being tall.

This week has been so busy, but even so, it's hard to believe tomorrow is Friday already. The weeks go so fast... is it really almost Fall? Yikes.

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Black and White After Labor Day

Those fashion rules about wearing white after Labor Day? Harrumph! I'll all for breaking any rules that try to dictate what you wear and what you feel good in.

This black and white Black Halo dress went perfectly with my Sophia Webster pumps, so even though they are mostly white, yes, I'm wearing them after Labor Day!

Outfit Details

Dress: Black Halo Fatima Sheath Dress

I bought this dress quite awhile ago, but never wore it for some reason. I was glad to break it out today, since it's such a cute yet professional dress. You can still find the dress at Saks Off 5th.

Shoes: Sophia Webster Mika Polka Dot Leather Pumps

As Seen On!

Actress America Ferrera wore the dress when she spoke at the Democratic National Convention last year. I like how she paired the dress with red pumps for a little pop of color.

Hopefully, everyone had a restful and relaxing Labor Day weekend. I enjoyed spending time with my sister, Gail, who is in town for a short visit. We went to dinner at Colletta in Alpharetta on Saturday night, spent time with the whole family on Sunday, and enjoyed brunch and shopping in Inman Park on Monday.

I have to recommend Colletta if you are looking for a gluten-free Italian restaurant in the Atlanta area. They make all their own pastas in house, including gluten-free pasta, and really fawned over me to make sure I did not have any concerns about my meal. The restaurant is located in the Avalon shopping center, so it's a nice restaurant in a central location, close to tons of shops and a movie theater. I've been there twice now, and we always see the nicest cars parked out front, too. First, it was a McLaren. Next: a Lamborghini. Wow.

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Fashion as Stress Relief

This week has been tough... and it's only Wednesday! I am super stressed out, because I have so much to do and so many deadlines looming. On top of everything, I have to be out of town on a work trip. South Carolina, here I come!

When I'm feeling stressed or upset, I like to wear something that lifts me up. This Alice + Olivia dress did the trick when I was getting dressed this morning. It's just absolutely beautiful. I love the bright pops of blue and all the delicate lace. It does what every great piece of clothing should do: makes me feel good about myself!

Dress: Alice and Olivia Nakia Guipure Lace Sheath Dress (no longer available)

Shoes: Loeffler Randall Piper Wedge Scallop Sandals

Monday, August 28, 2017

You'll Look Sweet (in Ted Baker)

Wearing today's dress, I can't help but think of a song from my childhood: "A Bicycle Built for Two."

Daisy, Daisy, give me your answer true
I’m half crazy over the love of you
It won’t be a stylish marriage
I can’t afford a carriage
But you’ll look sweet
Upon the seat
Of a bicycle built for two

I'm tired today after my fun weekend in New York City, so I opted for this fun Ted Baker dress to wear on a work-heavy Monday back in the office. So much to do...

Ted Baker London designs are generally very sweet, frilly and feminine. Many dresses feature lace, bows, flowers and polka dots... or a combination!

This dress has just subtle gold polka dots combined with an overall daisy motif.

Dress: Ted Baker London Olara Daisy Fit and Flare Dress

Shoes: Jimmy Choo Hesper 85 Mirror Leather Sandals

Girl Time

I spent the last few days having a blast with some high school friends in New York City. Sometimes, you just have to get away with the girls! Although we were in the city just a short time, we packed a lot in: visiting the Empire State Building, strolling through Central Park, taking in a show (Waitress), walking through Battery Park, and just enjoying all the culinary delights available.

My favorite restaurant?

Zuma (Japanese), where we opted for the chef's tasting menu and got to sample so many wonderful and delicious dishes.

Here are a few photos from the trip:

Enjoying some delicious Italian food.

View from the Empire State Building.

Taking in the view with two women I've known over 20 years!

Central Park on a beautiful August Saturday. #girlstrip

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Zipper Logic

Adding a zipper to the front of a dress may seem like a good and unique idea, but I question the logic. Zippers can add weird ripples and bumps to a dress that most women won't like -- especially when those ripples and bumps appear near your stomach.

Fortunately, I have my Spanx on underneath to help smooth things out. Thank goodness for Spanx!

I definitely see the value in a front zipper; it will make a normal dress extremely versatile for both work and social situations. For example, I could easily turn this dress into something much sexier just by unzipping it a bit. Revolve Clothing sold the dress that way (it's sold out now). Since I'm at work, though, that zipper will stay all the way closed. ;)

Dress: Bailey 44 Olive Green Sundowners Sheath Dress with Square Neckline

You can find the dress at Amazon, or rent it at Rent the Runway. I got mine at, even though it's similar to a dress I already own from Black Halo. I just can't turn down that square neckline. It's so flattering!

Shoes: Jimmy Choo Fearne Glitter Criss-Cross Wedges

This post will most likely be my last for the week, since I'm off on Friday for New York City! I'll be exploring all that Manhattan has to offer with a few friends from high school. I can't wait.

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

To the Max

Maxi dresses tend to work the best on tall women with long legs and lithe bodies. That said, there aren't too many maxi dresses hanging in my closet. 

But I just loved the bright blue pattern of this Eva Franco dress, and I couldn't resist the price; I got it for just $26 at Yes -- $26! 

I paired the dress with very high Stuart Weitzman sandals to give me some extra height, and I think it works. I also love the delicate neckline -- it really shows off the shoulders. The open back adds a hint of sexiness, too.

Dress: Eva by Eva Franco Jane Maxi Dress

Eva Franco can run a little small, so if you're between sizes, I recommend sizing up.

I couldn't find this particular style online, but you can buy the same dress in a beautiful lace blue from Also, Amazon and the Eva Franco site have the dress in a few different options. The Island Punch design would be perfect for a beach vacation.

Sandals: Stuart Weitzman Strutting Platform Sandals

Platform sandals and maxi dresses go perfectly together, don't you think? I've had these sandals forever, so unfortunately they are no longer available, but you can find Stuart Weitzman at most major retailers. Neiman Marcus Last Call tends to have a good selection and pricing for the brand, and I would also check out Amazon.

Monday, August 21, 2017

Dark Side of the Moon

Should today be re-named Solar Eclipse Day? It's going to be difficult getting through the afternoon with all the excitement and distractions related to the solar eclipse. We are having a little party at the office, complete with moon pies and Blue Moon beer.

I wore black today as a reference to the solar eclipse. This event is such a rarity, you can't help but celebrate it.

Dress: Halston Heritage Cap Sleeve Notched Neck Silk Faille Dress

I absolutely love this dress. It fits in all the right places, and the cap sleeves and fit-and-flare design are so slimming. Remember to size down in Halston Heritage; I'm wearing a size two for reference.

I will add that it might look like the dress has pockets -- but it doesn't. That is my one negative comment, because this dress would be just so perfect with pockets!

Shoes: Jimmy Choo Romy Embroidered Satin Pump

I'm so in love with these new Jimmy Choos, which I just nabbed on sale from Bergdorf Goodman. It was my first time ordering from the site -- or buying anything from this store, for that matter. I'll definitely be back if I continue to see items like Jimmy Choo shoes on sale. Apparently, this style is exclusive to the store, too.

Enjoy the solar eclipse! I'm off to watch it on TV with my staff.

Friday, August 18, 2017

Romper Crazy

Ever since I bought my first romper a few months ago, I've been seeking out chic rompers that could work in both corporate and casual settings. This romper from Ted Baker London is definitely laid back, but also sophisticated enough to wear to the office on "Casual Friday." (I wouldn't wear it any other day, to be honest.)

I didn't try out rompers for a long time, because I figured they were not the best match with my body type. All my extra weight is on my hips and upper thighs, and I was worried a romper would accentuate that area and make me look short and stocky.

The belt on this romper really helps put the focus on your waist, and the print draws your eye upward, so I knew this romper could work for me. It's so well made, too -- as is everything from this brand.

Unfortunately, Ted Baker London tends to be expensive, so look for good sales at Nordstrom, Bloomingdale's and Neiman Marcus to snag dresses, rompers and other items from the brand at below retail value. This romper was originally $295, but I got it for just $88 during a clearance sale at Neiman Marcus.

Outfit Details

Romper: Ted Baker London Bindee Belted Romper

Shoes: Manolo Blahnik BB Pumps

Since I'm so short, I think wearing heels with a romper help elongate my legs, but you could easily pair it with flats or cute sandals. With the variety of colors in the print, any color shoes will work. I chose these raspberry Manolos to bring out the beautiful pink hues in the design.

It's been a stressful week, so I'm looking forward to the weekend. I'll be attending a bridal shower for a co-worker, and running a lot of errands. This will be my last weekend home before my girls trip to New York City at the end of August. I can't wait!

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Sheer Brilliance

This Karen Millen dress takes "subtlety" to a new level; the sheer panel in front instantly turns it from sexy weekend wear to chic corporate wear.

Dress: Karen Millen Pencil Dress with Sheer Cut-Out

The dress feels great on, and it's made of a slippery, vinyl-like material that doesn't easily wrinkle -- and that's essential in such a fitted pencil dress. The material stretches, too, so I went down a size. I'm so glad I could try the dress on at the Karen Millen store at Lenox Square Mall the last time I was there.

I was also really drawn to the print; it reminds me of driving in the city on a dark, rainy night, when all the lights outside tend to blur as you speed by.

Shoes: Jimmy Choo Luna 100 Glitter Peep-Toe Pumps

These shoes -- in all their glitter glory -- are a nod to the more laid back vibe I feel when wearing this dress. After all, it's never good to take yourself too seriously.

Monday, August 14, 2017

Feminine or Childish?

Little details on a dress -- or any other piece of clothing for that matter -- can mean the difference between looking foolish and looking chic. As I get older, I'm even more aware of this fact.

From the front, this crepe dress looks fairly plain, with a simple fit and flare silhouette and relatively conservative square neckline. 

The bow detail on the back, however, gives the dress a more feminine feel. I am normally not a huge fan of bows -- I'm definitely in the 'less is more' camp when it comes to adornment and accessories -- but bows have their place. 

If overused, bows can border on childish, but here, I think it helps take the dress to a more playful level. The color is just beautiful, too.

You can find the dress on sale at Bon-Ton and Dillard's. I got a great deal on it; it's on sale for just $32 at

Wearing these "Boss Lady" pumps today is my way of offsetting the femininity of the dress. Did it work? I am a boss at work, after all.

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Viva Italia

From far away, this Nanette Lepore dress seems like it's constructed of a very delicate lace -- but looks can be deceiving! Actually, this dress is made in a unique crochet style. Up close, you can see so many little details, and I like how the patterns change between the top and bottom. I even think the "holes" at the bust mimic tiny buttons. Nanette Lepore clothing is made in New York City, too, so you know you are getting a quality dress sewn right here at home.

Dress: Nanette Lepore Viva Italia Dress in Nude/Black

The dress is available in a few colors, and you can find it at the following retailers:

Shoes: Jimmy Choo Baxen Chain Fabric Peep-Toe Wedge Pumps

It's been a crazy, busy Thursday, so I'm looking forward to relaxing tonight with the latest episode of Younger and a glass of wine. Woo-hoo! It's almost the weekend.

Monday, August 7, 2017

Space Case

My husband is probably the smartest person I've ever met. He's also one of the most forgetful! Still, I was surprised this morning to get the call that he had left his wallet at home, and I had to come bring it to him... at the airport. Sheesh! What a way to start the week.

Today's dress is one I lusted after for a long time. I didn't think it would ever be mine, and then it popped up on in my size. Hooray!

Remember: If you ever want an invite to Rue La La, all you have to do is ask. I recently invited my co-worker, Heidi, to check out the site, and it's where she ended up buying a dress to wear to her upcoming bachelorette party. Three cheers for discount shopping!

Outfit Details

Dress: Alice + Olivia Ellis Floral Zip-Front Dress

This dress is super cute and comfortable, and perfect for a spring or summer day -- especially one as overcast as today. (It seemed to rain all night!) I love that the front of the dress has a zipper, as opposed to buttons, which makes it much easier for larger chested women to wear it. The addition of yellow also brightens up what could have been just a simple black and white palette.

The cherry on top is finding a dress that goes so well with these black, white and yellow floral pumps! They are a perfect match.

Shoes: Giuseppe Zanotti Daisy Pumps (no longer available)

Weekend Update:

I have to mention the fun evening I had this past Friday night, when Chapin and I joined some friends for dinner out at one of our favorite restaurants, Cooks & Soldiers, followed by Sips Under the Sea at the Georgia Aquarium.

We were supposed to wear white or neon colors, but never did find out why. Oh well.

I enjoyed wearing this Parker Black white sequin dress for the occasion. I got so many compliments on it.

My sister, Laura, added that it was the perfect dress to wear to the aquarium, since the sequins look like a mermaid's tail or fish scales. I never thought about it like that, but she's totally right!

If you're an adult and want to enjoy the aquarium, these nighttime events are the best time to do it. There aren't as many people there, so you can really walk around and take everything in. And alcohol helps the experience, too!