Friday, April 20, 2018

The Meghan Markle Effect

Meghan Markle, a soon-to-be American Princess, is having a huge effect on the fashion world. Items she wears will sell out the same day, with women all over the world loving (and wanting to emulate) her California cool style.

Meghan was recently seen in Black Halo, one of my favorite brands. She wore the infamous Jackie O dress, which has been available in a myriad of colors for almost a decade, and is the brand's original "claim to fame."

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I originally bought the Black Halo Jackie O Dress in 2011, and blogged about it in September of that year.

Wearing the Black Halo Jackie O Dress in 2011.

Today, since Meghan made the dress so popular again, I decided to pull it out of my closet.

Wearing the same dress in 2018.

Comparing the me of today with a version of myself from almost seven years ago is a little strange. I have more lines on my face, more meat on my bones, and my hair is darker and longer, but overall, I think I'm holding up well. What do you think? Who wore it best? Michele 2011 or Michele 2018?

One thing that hasn't changed? My pose. Ha!

Have a great weekend!

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Sunshine Day

The week started out extremely cold in Atlanta, which is very weird for April. Today, we are due to reach 80 degrees for the high, so I'm celebrating by wearing this sunny yellow dress from Black Halo.


Outfit Details:

Dress: Black Halo Pravella Ruffled One Shoulder Dress in Daisy Yellow

Find the dress in multiple colors at Amazon and on the Black Halo website, or in black only at Saks and ShopBop.com. The dress fits like a typical sheath dress, and you'll need to wear a strapless bra since it only has one shoulder.

I got so many compliments on the dress today -- even the hubby liked it!

I used to think that yellow wasn't a great color on me, as it brought out the yellow undertones in my Italian skin, but I'm liking it more and more as I get older.

Shoes: Schutz Meera Beaded Sandals


As it's my first post of the week, I have to mention the fun time I had this past weekend at the Atlanta Women's 5K event. My mom and sister, Laura, joined me for the race, and we met up with my friend, Katie, and her mom and daughter. Female power was in full force!

Here are a few photos. I didn't run too fast, but still managed to place #57 out of 2,394 runners. The photos of me running just crack me up. No one looks their best while running and sweating.









Thursday, April 12, 2018

The $15 LBD

Today's dress is another one I purchased recently at Mint by Sandpiper... for just $15!


Dress: Rachel Zoe Black Fit and Flare Dress (no longer available)

I like how this little black dress is a little shorter than most. It hits about mid-thigh on me.

Shoes: Jimmy Choo Black Peep-Toe Ankle Strap Pumps

You can never have too many LBDs in your closet... especially at that price!


Tuesday, April 10, 2018

All Good Things

I don't shop in actual stores very often, but when I do, one of my favorite stores to frequent is a little boutique in Inman Park called Mint by Sandpiper. I found some amazing things in that store for a fraction of the retail cost. This location, however, recently announced it is going out of business, and while I'm upset at that thought, I'm still reveling in all the great things I bought there this past weekend. (Just don't tell my husband.)

For example, the dress I'm wearing today. It's a Nanette Lepore dress, retailing for $398, and purchased for just $25.


Outfit Details


You can still buy the dress at 6pm. The empire neckline is extremely flattering, especially for women with curves. The tweed is adorable, and up close you can see the different threads of black, ivory, gold and taupe woven throughout the fabric.

The tweed is a little heavy for Spring in Atlanta, but since today started out fairly cold, I'm not thinking twice about it.


Shoes: Prada Bow Tie Platform Sandals

It's been awhile since I mentioned anything I'm reading or watching right now, so here goes...

Reading
I just finished Beautiful Ruins, by Jess Walter, and I absolutely adored this novel. It takes place in multiple time periods, and the author does an excellent job weaving in and out of the main narrative. I also loved the inclusion of a little Hollywood glamour. Highly recommend!

Watching:
Lately, I've been watching old episodes of Mad About You. The show originally started airing when I was in high school -- the first season coincided with my freshman year -- so to watch now as someone who has been married for almost 15 years... let's just say I'm addicted. Some episodes capture marriage so perfectly it's like watching a scene from my life with Chapin. I guess most marriages are alike in a lot of ways, each with their own nuances.

Here are two of my favorite scenes:



I'm also watching The Resident, a new Fox show that just started airing this past January. I'm liking the show's story lines and characters, and for a little added bonus: they film in Atlanta. They are actually using the High Museum as a stand-in for "Chastain Hospital," which is so funny to me. I think I either roll my eyes or laugh every time I see that wide shot of the High.

If you're looking for a laugh, check out Nailed It on Netflix. I love cooking shows, mainly because I'm in awe of how people can take ingredients and create such mouthwatering dishes. I can't cook, but I can bake, so that's why Nailed It was particularly appealing. This show takes ordinary bakers and compels them to make very professional cakes and cookies. The results are hilarious, and I hope they make new episodes soon.

Let me know what you're reading and watching in the comments!

Thursday, April 5, 2018

The Velveteen Dress

It's been a weird few days, weather wise, in Atlanta. This morning when I went to work out, it was only 39 degrees... and it's April!

I took the opportunity to wear a dress that would be too heavy to wear when it's warm outside: this velveteen dress from Trina Turk. I think it may be the only velveteen dress I own.


Dress: Trina Turk Dazzling Astor's Garden Velveteen Dress

The dress is extremely comfortable, and it must run large, because I am wearing a size two. I like that the sleeves are over-sized and only three-quarter length; that's very different for me.

Buy the dress on Amazon or 6pm.

The print is big and loud, but somehow it works. There are so many colors, and I love the beautiful shades of reds, pinks, purples and greens working together to create this beautiful print. I think it's smart that the designer placed the largest flower on the chest area, as it really draws the eye. (You don't want the eye drawn to your less favorable bits, like the hips.)

Shoes: Manolo Blahnik Didin Wrap-Around Leather Sandals

You could wear a lot of different colored sandals with this dress, but I chose these hot pink Manolos to bring out more of the pink tones. I also just love pink for Spring.


Another great thing about this dress? I bought it for only $40. (Original price: $298.)

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Something Wrinkled This Way Comes

I adore this dress from Karen Millen, but the satin fabric gets so wrinkled! It's times like these I wish I knew PhotoShop, so I could erase those pesky wrinkles from these pictures.


Dress: Karen Millen Satin Halter Neck Pencil Dress

Shoes: Jimmy Choo Lottie Metallic Leopard Print Sandals


Sunday, April 1, 2018

Friday, March 30, 2018

Ready or Not

It's here -- I will finally see the movie version of Ready Player One tonight! If you know me at all, you know how excited I am to see this movie -- so of course I had to dress for the occasion.

Today's dress is from HerUniverse.com, a site that carries "fashion for fangirls." (I heard about the website through another blogger I follow on Instagram: Carolina Cabral. She and I have a very similar style.)


If you look closely, you can see Endor, a planet featured in Return of the Jedi, across the bottom of the dress. There are Ewoks, AT-AT Walkers and even the Death Star in the sky. I just adore it.

I thought it would be appropriate to wear the dress to see tonight's movie, as 1980s pop culture is going to feature very heavily in the film's plot. If you grew up in the 1980s, you really need to read Ready Player One -- or at least see the movie. My heart just about stops every time I see the DeLorean from Back to the Future, so I know I am in for a treat tonight.

Outfit Details:

Dress: Star Wars Endor Landcape Dress

The dress is available in regular and plus sizes!


People told me they thought I looked cute without really even noticing the design! I also did my makeup 80s style -- purple eye shadow!

Purse: Kate Spade Laurel Way Glitter Alisanne Purse

This purse retails at $379, but I bought it for just $89. It's still available; Kate Spade is having a great sale this weekend.

Shoes: BCBGeneration Jakalyn Gold and Clear Ankle-Strap Sandals

Since the straps are clear, I thought they went perfectly with the dress, adding a little bit of a sci-fi element.

Have a great weekend, everyone!


Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Closet Surprise

I bought this dress I don't know how long ago, but came across it today when I was searching for something to wear to work. I remember buying it for a steal at Belk maybe a year ago, but I never wore it. I'm still not sure why, since it's so cute!


Outfit Details:

Dress: Blithe Annie Navy Lace Dress

Blithe is a small Southern brand, with styles similar to Reese Witherspoon's Draper James line. There are a lot of floral prints, bright colors and fit-and-flare designs. Belk used to carry several dresses, but the line is no longer available in stores or on the Belk website.

Shoes: Schutz Scalloped Lace-Cut Leather Sandals

The sandals are no longer available, but Schutz has a lot of chic designs at very reasonable prices. It's one of my favorite lower priced shoe lines.


The weather finally seems to be warming up -- the high today will be 78! -- and my car is covered in pollen, so Spring has finally (and truly) arrived. In addition to the beautiful weather, I'm excited for a few other few reasons: I'm finally seeing the movie version of Ready Player One this Friday night (after having read the book three times), and Sunday we'll be celebrating Easter with my family. April is going to be a busy month, but it should also be a lot of fun.

Monday, March 26, 2018

At Least I'm Consistent

I definitely have an affinity for certain types of dresses, and dresses with a cute little Peter Pan collar are a particular weakness of mine. 


Outfit Details

Dress: Alice + Olivia Lace Peter Pan Collar Dress (no longer available)

Mondays are always crazy busy for me, so this dress appealed to me today because it's so easy to wear. I don't need a strapless bra or Spanx, and since it's black and white, it will look good with just about any pair of shoes.

Shoes: Jimmy Choo Romy Embroidered Satin Pumps



In other news, my nephew, Reid, turned six this past Friday. Wow, how time flies...


Friday, March 23, 2018

Quite a Week

I know I haven't blogged all week, but there's a good reason: Things have been kind of crazy in my world of late.

I'm sure I've mentioned my love of working out on the blog before, but it's so ingrained as part of my daily routine, that when I don't work out, I feel really off kilter. That's why I am up at 5 a.m. each workday to run, stretch, lift weights, etc. I like starting my day by getting my heart rate up.

Monday, I went to my neighborhood's gym as usual only to discover that it had been vandalized. Some teens had taken a fire extinguisher and sprayed the contents over all the machines, weights and other equipment.



I don't know how anyone could get enjoyment out of such a senseless act. I ended up doing a Jillian Michaels workout video at home, then running a few miles outside. Like I said, I have to get my workout in somehow!

Monday night, we had a terrible storm, and the whole neighborhood ended up losing power for most of Tuesday. I didn't get much of a workout in that morning! It's hard to exercise in the dark.

Wednesday and Thursday were crazy busy at work, leaving no time to do my daily photo or update the blog. I apologize for being away for a full week!


Outfit of the Day:

Dress: Milly Italian Pinstripe Larissa Dress

The dress is available at the Milly Online Store, Neiman Marcus and Saks.

Milly tends to run a little small, so if something is really fitted, you may want to size up. I love how this dress takes a traditional concept - a men's pinstriped suit - and turns it into something so wearable for the ladies.

Shoes: Casadei


Hopefully next week won't be quite as hectic. Happy Weekend!

Friday, March 16, 2018

Going Green

I'm wearing green for St. Patrick's Day a little early, as we are having an Irish-themed party at the office today. I made chocolate chip cookies tinged green for the occasion, too! Food coloring can be so much fun. I tried a new cookie recipe, but I'm not sure how great they came out. It was basically a sugar cookie with green food coloring and chocolate chips. Chapin was not a fan, but I had a few compliments from people at work. I haven't tried them yet myself.

Today's dress is one I've had for several months, but when I didn't end up wearing it during the holiday season, I decided to wait and wear the dress in March. It's the perfect Kelly Green hue for St. Patrick's Day.

Dress: Alice and Olivia Corina Lace Fit and Flare Dress

I love lace, and this dress is all about lace. The cap sleeves are probably my favorite part of the dress, so delicate and feminine.


Shoes: Casadei Croc-Embossed Leather Slingback Pumps

Chapin is working this weekend, but was off most of today, so we had lunch together. We have found a new place nearby that serves both Ramen (for him) and sushi (for me): Eight Sushi Lounge. If you go (and like sushi), try the Geisha Roll: King crab salad and crunchy romaine lettuce rolled with fresh salmon, tuna, mango puree and rice pearls. It was amazing!

This weekend, I plan to spend a lot of time catching up on my sleep. The time change has really messed with my internal clock, but I just love getting to drive home from work when it's still light out. Plus, we are having some beautiful weather here in Atlanta. Is Spring here to stay? We shall see...

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Still Sweater Weather

I know I shouldn't complain about Atlanta weather, especially when the Northeast is having so much snow dumped on it, but I hate the cold. At least I can wear my sweater and long-sleeve dresses a little bit longer... like today's sweater dress from Trina Turk.


Outfit Details:

Dress: Trina Turk Amur Striped Sweater Dress

In addition to Amazon, the dress is also available at 6pm.com. I love the bright, 70s-era colors, and the dress is more casual than a lot of dresses in my closet, and just so easy to wear.

The dress retails for $248, but I didn't pay that. I actually paid just $38! You know I love a good deal, especially when it's that good.

Sandals: Jimmy Choo Lang Sandals in Flame

I just wore these shoes in my last post, but they went so well with this dress that I had to wear them again. I actually find these Jimmy Choos super comfortable -- and, of course, they look fabulous, too.

Saturday we turned the clocks ahead for daylight savings time, and I wish we could just keep time on this schedule. It seems to suit me, even though it will take my body a week to adjust. I like getting up early and having so much light at the end of the day. Turning the clocks back and forth seems like such an antiquated practice, and I wish we would just stop. Sheesh!

Hopefully you're adjusting better than I am!

Monday, March 5, 2018

Starring Fashion

Did you watch the Oscars last night? I had my laptop open and was working during the arrivals show and then the subsequent broadcast, though I have really only seen a few of the films nominated (and only one film nominated for Best Picture: Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri).

My favorite part of the Oscars has always been the fashion. I love seeing the different color trends, the glamorous dresses, the heels, and the lavish jewels. (My favorite dress of the night? Probably Jennifer Lawrence's sleek gold Dior. Mira Sorvino's exquisite Romona Kaveza dress was a close second. I'm a sucker for that kind of immense floral detail.)

I thought it appropriate to wear something adorned with stars today, since I spent so much of yesterday drooling over them, so here I am in this casual Parker dress. Mondays are always so stressful for me; it's nice to wear something that's easy and comfortable, but still looks great.


Dress: Parker Martha Dress in Red and Blue (no longer available)

Parker dresses love showing off the shoulders and arms, and I probably have several versions of this same silhouette. I was drawn to this dress because the print and the ruffles make it so fun and feminine. While the dress looks purple from far away, it's actually blue and white striped with blue stars and red dots woven into the fabric. It's quite patriotic.

I chose to wear red shoes (by Jimmy Choo) to try to bring out the red dots a little bit more.


Friday, March 2, 2018

With a Roar

It's a new month -- March! -- and that means unpredictable weather, St. Patrick's Day and the start of a new season. It's windy and chilly in Atlanta today, and it's also Friday, so I thought I would break out this English Factory dress for a casual day at the office. It's a little on the short side, but it's cozy and warm and just super cute.


Dress by English Factory

Booties by Prada

English Factory is a new brand for me, but seems to be everywhere:


I found this particular dress on ShopBop.com when I was browsing the site during Black Friday, and was immediately intrigued. The pieces are cute and chic, and the prices are extremely reasonable. Most dresses, for example, retail for around $100.


The dress I'm wearing today is sold out, but here is a similar style.

There is a lot you can do with the styling here. I think the dress would look great with boots, though I chose booties. You can tie up the bow-tie, or not, like I did. I let it hang loose like the model photo.


The dress hits me mid-thigh, so beware if you're tall!

Since it's Friday, I'm looking forward to a lazy evening at home with all my boys. Chapin is making a gluten-free pasta dish from SunBasket, and we will have a new episode of Project Runway All Stars to watch. (I'm not a huge fan of the All Stars version, but it's still a fun show to watch.)

Chapin and I are supposed to tackle my closet this weekend, and I'm dreading it. He wants to re-organize it and add more hanging space, but that means taking everything out and hanging it all back up again. Ugh. And with the size of my closet (it's a really a whole bedroom), that will take forever.

Happy Weekend!

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Chain Reaction

I'm taking advantage of the chilly temperatures today to wear another long-sleeve dress -- this one with chain link detail at the neck and in a beautiful shade of red. I know I just wore Shoshanna in my last blog post, but we've had such beautiful weather lately, I wanted to wear this dress while I still could!

This dress is so comfortable and flattering. It's fitted on top, with a flared skirt that hits well above the knee. It's the perfect length for me; I think people forget how short I am when I'm not in my heels!



The dress is still available on Gilt, but only in limited sizes. Here is a similar style you can still buy on Amazon.

Shoes: Manolo Blahnik Chaos Metallic Mesh Ankle Strap Sandals