Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Floral Career Chic

When you are doing a lot of interviewing, as I'm doing today, sometimes you just need to look extremely professional. Enter this bright floral sheath dress from Black Halo!

It's chic, with the asymmetrical neckline and floral pattern, and hugs the curves without being too sexy. It hits me right at the knee, too, so -- regardless of your height -- you won't show too much leg! (I'm short but wearing heels.)

I'm not a huge fan of these big prints, since I think they can add width to your frame, but I got such a great deal on the dress, I couldn't not buy it.

I was actually excited to put on today's dress because I've gone down a size in this brand. I wore a size six in Black Halo for years, and now I'm a size four. All my exercising is paying off! I've added more weight lifting and biking into my normal routine, and am running less, and the change has been good for me.

Outfit Details:

Dress: Black Halo Floral-Print Blaze Asymmetric Sheath Dress

The dress is available in solid colors and prints at a variety of retailers, including Amazon, Bloomingdale's, Neiman Marcus and the Black Halo website. You can also rent it!

Shoes: SJP by Sarah Jessica Parker Jessa Heeled Sandals

Monday, January 14, 2019

What's Conservative in 2019?

Chapin and I were recently watching an episode of Project Runway All Stars, and were surprised when a judge called a dress with a major slit down the middle "matronly." It got me thinking... what is the definition of conservative dressing in 2019? Are we so used to people showing skin that -- if they only show a little -- they look old when they do?

The 'matronly' dress on Project Runway All Stars.

I hope that's not the case, because today's dress doesn't show much skin, and I think it's gorgeous.

Outfit Details:

Dress: Shoshanna Olivie Circle Lace Dress

The color, fern, is just beautiful on, and the sleeves and neckline are so intricate and delicate. It's feminine without showing a lot of skin -- which is hard to do!

I probably would have liked the dress to hit me higher up, but then again, the half sleeves and longer hemline really complement each other.

Who am I to critique one of my favorite designers? So... I won't!

Shoes: Manolo Blahnik Specchio BB Pumps in Bronze

I adore the BB pump from Manolo Blahnik, and it's available in an array of colors and patterns from top retailers like Neiman Marcus. It's a classic look I don't see going out of style anytime soon.

In other words: Worth the investment!

Friday, January 11, 2019

Standing Out in a Crowd

Be bold with your fashion choices, and don't be afraid of color!

I'm definitely not shying away from color today in this red jumpsuit from Black Halo. The red, actually called "Chic Red" by the brand, is bright and eye-catching. What do you think? Is it too much?

Outfit Details:

JumpsuitBlack Halo Dana Jumpsuit in Chic Red

You can buy the jumpsuit at Amazon and on the Black Halo website. I also spotted a petite version in black at Anthropologie!

Shoes: Stuart Weitzman Strutting Platform Sandals (no longer available)

It's the end of the week, so I'm looking tired today. It was the first full week back after the holidays, and I am ready for the weekend. I need to relax... and get some sleep! It's going to be cold and rainy in Atlanta, so I'm looking forward to drinking hot tea and cuddling with my boys.

Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Navy or Black

Today I'm wearing another dress that was gifted to me this past holiday season -- only this time the dress is from my middle sister, Gail, and her family. I am lucky to have two incredible sisters who feed my dress addiction! Ha ha!

Outfit Details:

Dress: Alexia Admor Belted Mock Neck Fit and Flare Dress in Navy and Gold

The dress is available at Amazon and Neiman Marcus Last Call, and here is a similar dress in velvet. Apparently, velvet is very trendy for 2019!

I don't have too many Alexia Admor dresses, but I'm not sure why. The brand is priced right and has so many cute options! In addition to Amazon and Neiman Marcus Last Call, you can find Alexia Admor on sites like 6pm, Nordstrom Rack, Saks Off 5th and others.

I love the pattern and gold buttons at the waist, and the heavier fabric makes it perfect for the colder months of the year. I just wish the pockets were not placed right on the hips; they add some heft to that area that could have easily been avoided.

Shoes: SJP by Sarah Jessica Parker Women's Monroe Heeled Sandals

I actually thought the dress was black and gold, instead of navy and gold, so that's why I choose these "doozy glitter" sandals to wear today. (That is actually the color! Doozy Glitter!) They are more black than navy, but I guess they still work... right? ;)

Find the shoes at Amazon, Bloomingdale's and Saks.

Monday, January 7, 2019

January Blues

January tends to be a hard month for me. The cold weather combined with losses I've experienced in January throughout the years -- two grandparents and both George and Izzie -- make me melancholy.

This January, though, is starting out a little different. The weather for the past few days has been in the high 60s, and work is busy in a very good way, so I'm optimistic that this month -- and this year -- will be good for me.

Outfit Details:

Today's dress is one I treated myself to before the holidays. It was on clearance at Lord & Taylor, and I can't resist a great deal.

Dress: BCBGMaxAzria Abstract Floral Lace Sheath Dress in Dark Navy (no longer available)

I couldn't find the dress available for sale online, but here is the gown version, on sale on the BCBG.com website.

This time of year is amazing for sales, so hopefully you are finding some great deals yourself!

Shoes: Schutz Scalloped Lace-Cut Leather Sandals

Happy shopping!

Wednesday, January 2, 2019

Gift Dresses Are the Best Dresses

Today's dress is one I found under my tree on Christmas Day, a gift from my sister, Laura, and her family.

Dress: Taylor Dresses Black and White Lace-Up Bodice Dress

Sandals: Jimmy Choo Lottie Metallic Leopard Print Sandals

The dress fits me perfectly, and I love how it flows all around me when I walk. The floral print in black and white also makes it easy to wear throughout the year, and the bodice that ties in front helps it stand out from all the other midi dresses in my closet.

I know I look exhausted, and that's because I am still recovering from New Year's Eve. I am just not used to staying up until almost 2 a.m.! But we had a fun time with our friends, and lounged around the house January 1st, watching Netflix and cuddling with Norman and Wally. That's a perfect day off in my opinion!

Looking Forward to a New Year

Wow, it's hard to believe 2019 has arrived!

2018 was a memorable year for me, since it was the year I turned 40! I visited Paris and London for the first time, spent quality time with family and friends, ran in some races, baked some cakes, watched some movies, read some books, and worked... a lot. I also may have worn a dress (or two). That's my life, and I love it!

The past few years, I have sent out Happy New Year cards (instead of Happy Holidays/Christmas cards), just to make things less stressful for me, so here is a look at the card we sent out this year! Don't you just love Wally's little hat!

Dress: Alice + Olivia Sequin Floral Dress
Shoes: Jimmy Choo
Wally's Hat: Pupstar Sonoma

Christmas and New  Year's were pretty low key for us this year. We spent Christmas with my parents, the only family we had in town, and New Year's Eve with some of our best friends. I wanted to wear something festive for the occasion -- enter this Alice + Olivia romper!

Wally wanted to come with us, but alas, we had to leave him at home.

It's been warm and humid in Atlanta, so it was the perfect NYE to wear this cute little sparkly romper.

Happy New Year!