Monday, September 17, 2018

Gauze and Eyelet

It's Monday, September 17, 2018, and fortunately, Hurricane Florence is behind us. Atlanta lucked out and got virtually no rain or wind from the storm, but of course many parts of North and South Carolina were flooded, suffered through high winds, or saw record rainfall. My heart is with all the victims and their families, and I'm planning to donate to the American Red Cross and The Humane Society to try to do my part to help.

I have a busy work week ahead of me, so I wanted to wear something today that was really comfortable. Today's dress, from Rebecca Taylor, is light and airy, most likely due to the combination of gauze and eyelet. I like that you can dress it up for work or dress it down to wear on the weekend.

Dress: Rebecca Taylor Mariana Gauze and Eyelet Dress

The dress is still available on the Rebecca Taylor website (and marked down), but there are only a few sizes left. I'm wearing a size four, but I probably could have gone with a size two; the dress must run a little big.

You can also find the dress on ShopBop in white, or on eBay!

Here is a similar dress from Rachel Pally that is on sale for under $100 at

I just happened to get my nails done over the weekend -- both my fingernails and toenails are blue -- so it was a perfect day to wear this dress.

Shoes: Jimmy Choo Fearne Glitter Criss-Cross Wedges

I had a busy weekend, but definitely a fun one, as I attended the 40th birthday for a friend of mine from high school, and spent a lot of time with my sister, Laura, who is here for the time being after evacuating from Newport, North Carolina. Here are just a few pictures from the weekend:

My brave and strong sister, Laura, with her son, Cole, and my Norman.

Celebrating my friend, Lindsay, at her 40th birthday party.

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Hidden Gems

I've had this dress in my closet for a few years at least, but never felt inclined to wear it... until today! I think maybe I thought it was too similar to this BCBGMaxAzria dress I featured on the blog back in 2015.

Dress: ABS Allen Schwartz Two Toned Bonded Ponte Dress

Shoes: Prada Black and White Striped Bow Pumps

I'm so distracted with everything going on with the weather. Hurricane Florence has caused my sister, Laura, to evacuate with her family from her home in North Carolina, and most likely we will see high winds and rain in Atlanta early next week. The power in our neighborhood goes out all the time, so I'm not looking forward to Florence's wrath. Hopefully it won't be as bad as the news is having us believe!

Monday, September 10, 2018

Silver Stalking

I stalked this dress at Dillard's for awhile before I bought it. First, it was not on sale, and then, my size sold out. Finally, they got my size back in stock just in time for another awesome Dillard's clearance sale. Hooray! 

I fell in love with this dress because it is just so beautiful. I love the array of orange and blue flowers, and the fluttery cap sleeves are so alluring. I matched my eye makeup to the dress for an extra hint of silver as well!

Dress: Eva Franco Floral Embroidered Puff Sleeve Dress

The dress is sold out now, but you can find other Eva Franco dresses at Amazon, Anthropologie, Bluefly Nordstrom Rack and, of course, Dillard's. Here is a similar style you can buy on the Eva Franco website as well.

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

I'm coming off a very relaxing weekend, where I mostly ate, read and watched movies on Netflix. Sometimes you just need that kind of weekend.

My mom is out of town, so we had my dad over for lunch on Sunday. Here he is bonding with Norman, who came right over to him and plopped down in his lap. Our dogs love to be loved!

Tuesday, September 4, 2018


I just love floral dresses, and this one is no exception. They are just so feminine and beautiful. Today's dress from Alice + Olivia reminds me of a big bouquet of anemone flowers.

Fall doesn't officially start until September 22nd, but I already feel like I'm running out of time to wear these light summer dresses. I will definitely miss summer, as I'm not a fan of cold weather.

Dress: Alice + Olivia Vandy Lace Mini Dress

You can find the dress at Saks and Harrods in limited sizing. I'm wearing a size four, but beware -- it's quite snug in the chest.

Shoes: Schutz Hara Heeled Sandals

Hopefully everyone had a fun and relaxing Labor Day weekend. We had a small dinner party on Sunday night, and I made Tiramisu for the first time ever. It came out tasting yummy, but I think next time I will try to soak the ladyfingers for a longer period of time. You just have to be careful, because these ladyfingers so easily disintegrate!

Chapin basically spent most of Sunday in the kitchen, and the meal was amazing. He made Tomato Salad, Spinach Fettuccine, and Chicken and Eggplant Parmigiana. (We had two vegetarians in our midst.) Isn't he the cutest?

Thursday, August 30, 2018


Wearing something dramatic isn't something you need to always save for a special occasion. Adding a little drama to your everyday wardrobe can help boost your self-esteem and leave you feeling confident and beautiful.

Today's dress is full of drama -- but in a good way! The one "cold" shoulder, the ruffles, the design... It's an amazing dress. I got so many compliments on it!

Dress: Alice + Olivia Cold-Shoulder Red, White and Blue Striped Dress

The dress is definitely one to wear in summer, especially with the red, white and blue color scheme, so that's why it's making an appearance today. I wanted to feature it on the blog before Labor Day -- the unofficial start of the Fall season.

Shoes: Jimmy Choo Metallic Blue Point Toe Pumps

Lips: Too Faced Tutti Frutti Juicy Fruits Comfort Lip Glaze in Show Me Your Coconuts

I love this new lip gloss from Too Faced. This shade is a warm taupe with gold sparkle -- and it's just fabulous. Buy it now at Ulta.

I'm looking forward to a fairly quiet long weekend, though I will be attempting to make Tiramisu for the first time. I'm excited to try it, but I know it will be a lot of work.

Remember -- there are tons of sales going on all weekend long, so spend wisely.

Happy Shopping!

Tuesday, August 28, 2018


This melon-colored sheath dress from Black Halo is the epitome of perfect work wear: bright, flattering, professional and chic!

Dress: Black Halo McGowen Sleeveless V-Neck Sheath Dress

Find the dress at Neiman Marcus, and Amazon. I think I'm between sizes in Black Halo, so I usually order a size up. I don't like dresses that are too tight on my hips.

It's hard to see in the photo, but this dress has some really nice lines that help flatter a woman's body, and the neckline is not only unique, but helps show off the shoulders.

Black Halo dresses are usually expensive -- upwards of $300 -- so I always wait for a sale to buy one. But you can see why these dresses retail for a higher price; the design and the quality of the work and materials are very apparent when you put one on.

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

I love these brightly colored shoes, and they match perfectly with the dress.

Labor Day is so close, and many retailers are starting their Labor Day sales early. It's a great time of year to shop and stock up for next summer. I can't wait!

Happy Shopping!

Monday, August 27, 2018

Razzle Dazzle

I came really close to returning this dress. While it looked great online, in person, I thought the sparkle was a little too much, the sleeves a little too fluttery, the overall look too "Ice Capades" for the office.

But then I tried it on, and I ended up liking the overall look, so... here I am!

Outfit Details:

Dress: Eva Franco Sequin Wrap Dress

I only paid around $40 for the dress (original price: $188), so that's part of the reason I decided just to keep it, wear it, and see what happened.

What do you think of this dress? I'd love to read some comments.

As I was walking into work, someone from the street yelled, "I like that dress!" So that was a somewhat nice, if demeaning, reiteration that I made the right decision in keeping it.

Sandals: Jimmy Choo Memento Tizzy Textured Leather Sandals

It's hard to believe this week marks the unofficial end of summer, with Labor Day (and Fall) looming. Pumpkin Spice Lattes will be back at Starbucks tomorrow, and I'm already seeing acorns on the ground. How did summer go by so fast?!