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. ;)