Tuesday, July 17, 2018

End of an Era

It's a bittersweet day. We closed on our loft today, finally letting it go after owning it for 16 years. I know it was time, but I can't help feeling sad. It was our home for 11 of those years. We weren't even married when we bought it back in 2002. I was 24 years old, and buying the loft made both me and Chapin homeowners for the first time in our lives.

The first week, before we even moved in, we painted. Chapin and his dad did the hard part (the ceiling), but I helped after work and on the weekend. We had to bring in light, because we had no light fixtures yet, and it would get so dark we could barely see.

Later, we added hardwood floors and brought in new kitchen appliances. Chapin painted the column silver. He updated the bathroom floor.

There were so many good times. We had our rehearsal dinner there, and after our wedding Chapin hung my dress from the ceiling for months until I had the dress professionally stored.

A Photo from the Rehearsal Dinner at the Loft: October 31, 2003.

I threw Chapin a surprise party for his 30th party there. I hosted a bridal shower for my friend, Erin; bachelorette party for my friend, Katie; numerous parties and get togethers over the years.

We brought George home to the loft, and Izzie as well.  I got my MBA while we lived in the loft, and I remember being home alone, trying to study but procrastinating. I baked a batch of chocolate chip cookies, and danced with George and Izzie as we watched Enchanted.

I knew it would be a tough day for me, so I decided to wear something pretty to make myself feel better. Enter this Shoshanna floral dress!

Dress: Shoshanna Basilica Dress

The dress is still available for purchase on the Shoshanna website, Amazon and Saks.

Shoes: Jimmy Choo Fearne Glitter Criss-Cross Wedges

I know nothing can last forever, and that I have so many wonderful memories from the loft. I just hope the new owner appreciates it, and makes it a true home in this busy, hot, crowded city. It was not just a place to live for us -- it was a haven, and I will miss it.

Thursday, July 12, 2018

Electric Blue

This French Connection dress is one I picked up at Belk during its store closing sale at Phipps Plaza, so I got it at a huge discount. I didn't love the dress when I first tried it on, but the color and the way it hugs my body are really flattering, so it's growing on me.

The dress is very tight fitting, and the material is not forgiving, so I have a few tips for wearing it:

First, make sure your strapless bra is seamless. If it has any sort of special design, it most likely will show through the crepe material.

Second, even though the dress has a fit and flare design, wear Spanx underneath, preferably a version that goes up below your breasts. You don't want any lines or lumps showing at your waist.

Outfit Details:

Dress: French Connection Rose Mesh-Inset Crepe Fit and Flare Dress

The exact dress and a few other variations are available now at Amazon, and you don't have to pay full retail price. This dress in a beautiful magenta is on sale at Amazon for just $26, for example. (For reference, I'm wearing the Cobalt color in a size four.)

You can also find the dress in red, magenta, white and black on the French Connection website. There is also a sleeveless version.

This sleeveless version is also available in white only on Bloomingdales.com.

Shoes: Jimmy Choo Nude Tallow Sandals

Somehow, we're already midway through July, and I feel like the summer is just flying by so fast. I'm trying to enjoy it while I can, though I'm working more than ever. I'll leave you with the song that inspired the name of my post today: the 1987 hit, Electric Blue.

Monday, July 9, 2018

Polka Perfect

July is my favorite time to shop. The sales during the beginning half of the month are the best of the year. For example, I recently bought a pair of Christian Loubouin shoes for just $350. That's a steal if you know fashion.

So, it's no surprise that my husband is not happy with me of late. Will men ever understand the allure of a new dress, pair of shoes or handbag? I think not! There is a reason the #sorrynotsorry hashtag was invented! ;)

Today's dress is one I scored in a recent sale on the Alice + Olivia website. I adore everything about this dress, from the flutter sleeves to the polka dot print, so I just had to have it. 

I was worried it would not fit -- I'm wearing a size four for reference -- but I think I have lost the extra pounds I put on during our trip to Europe in May, so it's a little snug, but fits fine.

Dress: Alice + Olivia Farah Polka Dot Flutter Sleeve Dress

The dress is no longer on the Alice + Olivia site, but you can find it at a few other retailers, including Neiman Marcus (in blue/white polka dots) and Saks. (If you're wondering where I scored those discounted Louboutins, it was Saks. It's my favorite place to be in July.)

Shoes: Sophia Webster Mika Polka Dot Leather Pumps (no longer available)

A Piece of Nostalgia...
Am I the only one who thinks about the movie Big Business, starring Bette Midler and Lily Tomlin, whenever I wear black and white polka dots? My sisters and I loved (still love) this 80s movie, and can quote pretty much every line.

Tuesday, July 3, 2018

Dressing for the Fourth

I know July Fourth is technically still a day away, but that doesn't mean I can't get my red, white and blue out! This dress from BCBGeneration is the perfect dress to show my patriotism. The chevron print boasts a variety of red hues, offset by black, white and royal blue.

Best of all, I nabbed the dress for just $13 at the Belk at Phipps Plaza. The store is closing at the end of the month, so everything is 40-60% off.

Outfit Details:

Dress: BCBGeneration Textured Knit Chevron Print Fit and Flare Dress

I almost didn't even try this dress on, since it's a size two, but I figured at such a low price, I had to give it a go... and then it fit me! It was a nice little pick-me-up to know I could squeeze into this size two dress.

You can still buy the dress online at Belk or Bluefly.

Shoes: Jimmy Choo Lang Sandals

The shoes look more orange in the photo, but actually compliment the subtler shades of red in the dress extremely well.

I'm trying to hydrate today to get ready for the Peachtree Road Race tomorrow. I'm not anticipating a good run time, since it will be so hot and humid, but hopefully the fun atmosphere at the race will more than make up for the intense heat.

Happy Fourth!

Monday, July 2, 2018

Easy Summer Dress From CeCe

Dressing in summer should be light, breezy and easy, and that's why I love this gingham dress from CeCe. It's perfect for enduring the heat and humidity in Atlanta, and little details like the flutter sleeves and tailored fit mean it works equally well for both a day at work or a weekend adventure.

Best of all, this dress is very reasonably priced; I think I scored mine for about $35 from Lord & Taylor during a clearance sale. The store may still have a few sizes left!

Remember that the CeCe brand runs a bit large; I'm wearing a size two for reference.

Outfit Details:

Dress: CeCe by Cynthia Steff Flutter Sleeve Gingham Summer Dress

Find the exact dress at Dillard's or Nordstrom Rack, or a similar CeCe dress (in light blue with frayed flutter sleeves) at Macy's or Lord & Taylor.

Sandals: Schutz Hara Heeled Sandals

My husband even said I looked pretty today... and that's saying a lot!

Thursday, June 28, 2018

Open Knit for Summer

With its rich pink color, open knit design, lacy sleeves and scallop edges, this Shoshanna dress is such a delicate beauty.

Open knit is usually more seen in the springtime, but I think you can easily wear it into summer, especially on days like today, when it's rainy, overcast and below 90 degrees.

Dress: Shoshanna Mori Open Knit Dress in Cerise

Find the dress at Amazon and Saks, as well as the Shoshanna website.

Shoes: Jimmy Choo Nude Tallow Sandals

Earrings: Kendra Scott

Monday, June 25, 2018

Black in Summer

Black can be a difficult color to wear in summer, simply because it is just so damn hot out. The heat and humidity have been awful the past few weeks here in Atlanta, and summer has just started!

Anyway, today's dress may be black, but it's also an extremely breezy and simple dress to wear any time of year. I love the way the dress moves around me when I walk, and the leg slit is subtle but still sexy.

Chapin called today's pose my Angelina Jolie look.

Dress: Nanette Lepore First Mate Midi Dress in Black

The dress is available at just a few retailers right now: Amazon, Saks Off 5th and Bluefly.com. The dress is also available in red from RueLaLa.com.

The brand has started running big -- I'm wearing a size 2 for reference -- so just beware if you've never bought Nanette Lepore before.

Shoes: Jimmy Choo Bronx Black and Gold Buckle Sandals