Tuesday, July 7, 2020


My sisters dressed me today! Gail got me the dress and Laura got me the shoes -- both a treat for my (quarantine) birthday this year.

Outfit Details

Dress: Rebecca Taylor Swiss Dot A-Line Dress

Rebecca Taylor has created such a cute, lightweight summer dress that is still work appropriate. I love the ruffle at the neckline and the simple design; you can't go wrong with black, white and polka dots! The dress is really comfortable, too. Thank you, Gail!

Shoes: BCBGMAXAZRIA Paige Wedge Sandals

Find these chic wedges at Amazon and Last Call. They are such fun and make me feel so tall. Thank you, Laura!

I definitely miss my sisters and parents and seeing more of my family during these weird times. I love how technology helps keep us connected, but there's no substitute for putting your arms around someone and enveloping them in a hug. Who knows when we can all safely do that again...

In the meantime, I'm reading and working out more. We just ordered a Peloton treadmill after months of waiting for the company to resume tread sales! I am so excited about building up our home gym. It's been a dream of mine to have my own gym for so long!

I'm close to finishing Elin Hilderbrand's latest novel, 28 Summers, and I recently started Meg Mitchell Moore's Two Truths and a Lie. What are you reading this summer? Leave your summer reading recommendations in the comments.

Monday, July 6, 2020

Summertime LBD

You can wear a black dress throughout the year, but some LBDs are better suited for summer than others. This particular LBD, from the Jill Jill Stuart brand, is adorned with little flowers, so it seems extra appropriate to wear it during the warmer months of the year, when flowers (like those behind me) are in full bloom.

Outfit Details

Dress: Jill Jill Stuart Black Floral Jaquard Button Dress

The dress is super comfortable and flattering, with ruched detailing at the sleeves and bust and a v-shaped neckline that draws your eye to the little buttons in front. The buttons are just for show; the dress zips up the back.

You can still find the dress (on sale) at Neiman Marcus!

Shoes: Tamara Mellon Corbu 105 Sandals (no longer available)

I love how these sandals give the illusion of a longer leg!

As Seen On!

Reese Witherspoon wore the shoes last year.

July Fourth

This Fourth of July holiday was unlike any other. Last year, we had just adopted Tulip, so we were adjusting to her joining our family. I ran the Peachtree Road Race like usual, and we binged the latest season of Stranger Things. We had my parents over after the race and hosted friends for dinner another night. One of Chapin's friends had us over to their house for yet another night out. Oh, to go back to 2019 and know then what I know now!

We did have one couple over for dinner this July Fourth, and Chapin made pizza in his new Ooni pizza oven. (He loves this new toy!) We stayed six feet apart and everyone tried to be really careful about hand washing. This might be the new normal for the foreseeable future.

Wednesday, June 24, 2020

Minty Sweetness

How sweet is this dress from Ted Baker?

It even has pockets!

Outfit Details

Dress: Ted Baker London Wilmana Mint Floral Fit and Flare Skater Dress (no longer available)

Shoes: SJP by Sarah Jessica Parker Strut Dress Sandals (no longer available)

Tuesday, June 23, 2020

Zip of Bordeaux

I think the best thing about this Alice + Olivia dress is the color! It's one of my favorite shades of red, and really compliments by hair and skin tone.

Outfit Details

Dress: Alice + Olivia Inka Straight Shoulder Mock Neck Slit Mini Dress

The dress design isn't wholly original, but the little details -- the zipper, the structured shoulders, the mock neck -- combine to make it really outstanding. You can still buy it at ShopBop and Revolve.

Just walking around the grocery store today, I got several compliments, too.

ShoesMalone Souliers Maureen Pumps 100mm  

I also love pairing this dress with these leopard print shoes. Aren't they fabulous? It's my first pair from the Malone Souliers brand... and it probably won't be my last! ;)

Monday, June 22, 2020

Celebrating Summer

Summer is officially here, and that means it's hot and humid in Atlanta. But it also means anything goes when it comes to your summer wardrobe. You can wear white or black, long sleeves or no sleeves, maxi dresses paired with high-heeled sandals or mini dresses with stilettos.

Today's dress is one I bought months ago but never had a chance to wear. The crochet design works in any season, and it's definitely light enough to wear in the summertime.

Outfit Details

Dress: BCBGMaxAzria Striped Lace Sheath Dress

The dress, in a v-neck body con design, is super flattering, and hits right at the knee. Find the dress (on sale) at 6pm.com, Saks Off 5th and the BCBG.com website.

Shoes: Valentino Garavani Rockstud Pumps

I'm in love with these shoes - they are more like works of art than shoes any day!

I'm 42 now, and I work hard to stay fit and trim. It's definitely not easy with my appetite and sweet tooth. I am still running, weight training and riding a stationary bike. I just recently (this weekend) hit my 750th ride on the Peloton. I have seen a lot of changes in my legs since I got the bike over a year ago - in good ways. If you want to change up your workout routine, and maintain some good (mental and physical) habits at home, it's perfect. I highly recommend it.

Wednesday, June 17, 2020

Viva Victorian

Today's dress has such cool Victorian vibes...from the delicate lace work to the scalloped edges. Even the color is a muted ivory, the lace meant to seem old fashioned, almost like the dress itself turned up from another time. It's definitely something different for my closet.

Outfit Details

Dress: Shoshanna Stacia Lace Tiered Polka Dot Dress

You can still buy the dress on the Shoshanna website or retailers like ShopBop.com, but sizes are limited.

Shoes: SJP by Sarah Jessica Parker Monroe Glitter High Heel Sandals

I found the shoes for sale on eBay, but they are mostly sold out.

Tuesday, June 16, 2020

Shoulder Pop

This La Vie Rebecca Taylor dress is all about the print, the drop waist and the gigantic, eye-catching puffed sleeves.

Outfit Details

It's windy, with a high of 75, in Atlanta today!

DressLa Vie Rebecca Taylor Firefly Floral-Print Cotton Poplin Dress (no longer available)

A dress with a large, puffed shoulder has the ability to trick the eye. A larger shoulder gives the illusion of a tinier waist, for example. It also draws the eye upward, away from other parts of the body. Why do you think shoulder pads were so popular in the 1980s?

ShoesJimmy Choo Shar 85 Leather Sandals in Ballet Pink

I find these Jimmy Choos very comfortable for a high heel, and the nude color helps elongate the leg. I didn't want a shoe that distracted from the print, since it's so beautiful!

The dress is made of cotton, so it's super comfortable, too.