Thursday, December 14, 2017

Rarely Worn

I was searching through my closet today, trying to decide what to wear, when I came upon this bejeweled Shoshanna fit-and-flare dress.

I don't think I've worn it on the blog before, and it's too beautiful not to share, so here you go!

I originally purchased this Shoshanna dress several years ago, but only wore it once or twice, though it was the dress I chose for our 2014 holiday family photo. That was George's last Christmas with us, and I probably haven't worn the dress since the day this photo was taken. (I picked a few hairs off the dress this morning, and immediately wondered if they were George hairs.) He would start getting sick at the end of that December, and passed away a month or so later. I still miss that boy every single day. He was my soul pug.

Holiday Photo 2014

Since the dress is three years old, it's no longer available online, but it's definitely still in style. I'm also glad to see I haven't aged too much since this photo was taken back in 2014, and I think my hair and eyebrows look even better than they did then.

Dress: Shoshanna Black Jeweled Fit and Flare Dress

Shoes: Jimmy Choo Abel Patent Leather Disco Hologram Pumps

Monday, December 11, 2017

Dresses With Detail

This Trina Turk dress has a lot of subtle details: a small amount of fringe, the all-over floral embroidery, and the mesh hem that shows a hint of leg. It all combines into one beautiful and very unique sheath dress that makes me excited to see the Trina Turk label back on its game. The dress has a 1920s vibe that I just adore, and it's just a really flattering look.

Dress: Trina Turk Energetic Embroidered Floral Dress in Indigo

Find the dress at Amazon, Neiman Marcus and Saks.

Shoes: Manolo Blahnik Specchio BB Pumps in Bronze

I'm getting over a cold or sinus infection or something, which is why I look a little tired in these photos. I blame the weather! Atlanta got snow on Friday (and into Saturday), and the constant change in temperature -- warm, cold, then warm again -- always throws me off balance.

Here's a photo from Friday night before all the snow had really fallen. I think we got about four inches in West Midtown.

I loved how many friends in the city were showing off their dogs or children enjoying the snow, running around in it and so delighted with Atlanta as a winter wonderland.

Not my boys. 

Here is how they preferred to weather the snowstorm:

I guess they take after their mamma!

Monday, December 4, 2017


Blue is definitely a color you can wear throughout the year -- even bright hues like the aquamarine of today's Black Halo dress. The right color can do wonders for your skin tone, and I find that wearing brighter colors can even help lift my spirits. I knew I would be stuck inside today, with not even a break for lunch -- I went from meeting to meeting, report to report -- so I purposefully chose this dress for the color. I want to avoid all cases of the Mondays!

Outfit Details:

Dress: Black Halo Mattie Sheath Dress in Atlantic Aqua

Shoes: Schutz Scalloped Lace-Cut Leather Sandals

I'm coming off a weekend full of baking and birthday fun for the hubby, who turned 41 on Sunday. His favorite dessert is anything that combines chocolate and peanut butter, so I made him this three layer cake as a special treat. I normally stick just to cookies, so creating this beauty was a first for me -- but it turned out really well. I even used gluten free flour to great success; the cake was moist and not dense at all. Get the recipe here on my new favorite recipe site: Brown Eye Baker. I did everything but the chocolate ganache topping.