Wednesday, July 10, 2019

The Mermaid Dress

I'm sure you have a mermaid dress somewhere in your closet. It might even be your wedding dress! The mermaid dress is a form-fitting dress that hugs (and shows off) the curves right up until the very end, where the hem then curls out and away from the body -- like a mermaid's tail!

Today, I'm wearing an everyday mermaid dress from Shoshanna.

Outfit Details:

Dress: Shoshanna Black and White Striped Sinead Dress

The dress is made from a heavier material, so it's not ideal for Georgia summers. But since it's overcast and rainy today, it seemed like a good choice! Since it's black and white, this dress can also be worn in any season and on a variety of body types. The vertical stripes are also very slimming -- a nice bonus!

Where to Buy:

You can also rent the dress via Rent the Runway.

Monday, July 8, 2019

Red Hot

It's been so hot in Atlanta the past few weeks. I just about melt every time I step foot outside. Thank goodness for summer dresses like this red and black polka dot dress from Milly.

Outfit Details:

Dress: Milly Tiffany Polka Dot Silk Midi Dress

Buy it now at Nordstrom Rack!

The dress is a gorgeous color and made from a delicate silk, but unfortunately it bunches around the armpits. I'm glad I didn't pay full price for this dress. It retails for $495!

ShoesTamara Mellon Frontline 105 High Heel Sandals

I get so many compliments on these sandals, and they go with everything. If you're looking for an investment shoe, I definitely recommend the Frontline.

Weekend Update:

I worked a half-day on Friday, so while it wasn't a complete four-day weekend for me, I did enjoy myself over the holiday.

July Fourth I ran the Peachtree Road Race for the seventh time. It was so hot and humid, so while I didn't get my best time, I certainly enjoyed myself. I love people watching -- the runners and everyone watching from the sidelines -- and this year there was a great crowd, as it was the 50th anniversary of the race.

Later on that day, we had my parents over for a late lunch. Chapin grilled turkey burgers and made potato wedge French fries - my favorite!

Friday night, we also hosted a few of our friends for dinner, as everyone was excited to meet little Tulip. I've started calling her Tuli. (I'm not sure Lulu is going to stick, but we shall see.) She is such a joy to have in the house. She loves snuggling with Wally, playing with Norman, and running after everyone. You can't leave her behind -- she won't let you!

Wally and Tulip

Saturday night we had another engagement, although this time we weren't hosting. One of Chapin's shooting friends had us over to his and his wife's home for dinner. It was a fun night, and they lived over near Emory, so it was nostalgic for me to back in that area. So much has changed! I can't believe it's been almost 20 years since I graduated.

We also binged the new season of Stranger Things throughout the weekend, finishing up Sunday night. It was gorier than past seasons, but I loved all the 80s songs, language ("gag me with a spoon"), pop culture references, and more. Even Back to the Future makes an appearance, as the series takes place in July 1985. It was totally awesome!

The mall plays an important role in the series, and the production staff really did an amazing job turning our local Gwinnett Place Mall into an 80s-era shopping mecca. (Gwinnett Mall used to be the mall we always frequented when we first moved to Georgia back in the early 1990s.)

Hopefully you had a great weekend as well! And don't forget -- now is a great time to shop online. Enjoy all the sales... while you can!

Monday, July 1, 2019


This weekend was a very exciting one for my family, as we welcomed a new pug into our home: Tulip, or Lulu for short.

Princess Tulip

We adopted this sweet little girl from SNAFU (Short Noses and Friends United) Rescue, and she comes to us all the way from Omaha, Nebraska! Chapin traveled there on Friday to pick her up.

She is a very petite little pug, about half the size of her brothers, and just turned a year old this past May. She has had some past problems with her knees -- problems that required several surgeries -- but she is doing just great now. She just can't go up or down stairs or jump on or off the couch. If her brothers jump off the couch, she doesn't like to be left behind -- and she will let us know to PUT HER DOWN!  She is so spunky!

From left to right: Norman, Wally & Tulip

Tulip is already having so much fun chasing Norman and Wally around the house, and she does her best to keep up with them on walks through our neighborhood. She went to the office with Chapin today, as she is still potty training and learning our routines. She is pretty much happy all the time, and we love her so much already.

First photo as a family of five!
Outfit Details:

It's been so hot in Atlanta the past few days -- humid, too -- so I wanted to wear a comfortable and chic summer dress to help keep me cool. I love the ease of this Rebecca Taylor dress, and the lace is just beautiful.

Dress: Rebecca Taylor Lace Tank Dress

There are only limited sizes of this dress still available, but here is a similar dress from the La Vie Rebecca Taylor line.

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

I will remind everyone again: late June and early July is the best time to shop! You can score designer shoes, dresses and more at 75% off from stores like Saks, Nordstrom and Neiman Marcus. Have fun shopping, and I will leave you with one final shot of my fur-babies. I'm a pug mom of three!

Thursday, June 27, 2019

The Eyelet Summer Dress

One of my favorite summer dresses is the eyelet dress. The fabric is easy to wear and light enough for any hot summer day -- even in Atlanta!

Outfit Details

Dress: Parker Donna High Low Eyelet Dress

I don't normally love high low dresses (it's fashion's version of the mullet, in my opinion), but the dress has such a laid back vibe that it works. It's definitely more of a casual dress, so the slightly longer back helps bring it up a notch. The color is beautiful, too!

I first wore the dress back in May during our trip to the Turks and Caicos. It works as a great beach dress, weekend dress or for a casual day in the office. It is summer, after all!

Shoes: Jimmy Choo Fearne Glitter Criss-Cross Wedges

Monday, June 24, 2019

Sick in Summer

It's not easy being sick in summer! I spent the weekend couch-ridden after coming down with a nasty summer cold late last week. I know I've been run down, and I guess my body was telling me to slow down. I couldn't do much but sleep, read (I'm almost done with The Lido, by Libby Page) and watch TV.

We recently signed up for Hulu, and I've been having fun discovering old shows on the streaming service. I watched episodes of Perfect Strangers (one of the best theme songs, right?) and The Wonder Years, and added Buffy, Angel, My So-Called Life, Felicity and Beverly Hills, 90210 to my queue.

I also binged the first season of Agent Carter (thank you for the recommendation, Elizabeth) and a few episodes of Shrill, a new Hulu original comedy starring SNL vet Aidy Bryant. I highly recommend it!

I'm still feeling a little sick today, but hopefully this illness is making its way out of my body. I just want to feel like myself again.

Outfit Details

Dress: Shoshanna Rebecca Knit White Dress

I chose this dress because -- with its knit fabric -- it is so comfortable, and I knew I would want comfort above all else today since I'm still not feeling great.

The dress doesn't have much shape to it, but that's okay when it's comfort first.

Shoes: Prada Black and White Striped Bow Pumps

I've had these shoes for years (five or six, at least) and they are still in style. I just love them!

Tuesday, June 18, 2019


This blue-green dress from Belle Badgley Mischka is so beautiful and ornate! I love the unique design and all the little details in the lace crochet pattern.

Outfit Details

Dress: Belle Badgley Mischka Deanndra Embroidered A-Line Dress

Unfortunately, this dress is no longer available, but you can shop the brand at Dillard's and Saks Off 5th. If you like the design, check out this similar dress at Saks.

Shoes: Jimmy Choo

Monday, June 17, 2019

How to Add Your Own Style to the Little Black Dress

What is one staple that every woman has in her closet? Most likely, it's the LBD: the Little Black Dress. Black is the most versatile color, slimming you down and helping you look your best -- and it's a color that works on everyone.

But how do you best style the LBD?

You can add colorful jewelry and shoes, keep it simple with black or neutral accessories, or go all black and white. Whatever you decide -- it should be an expression of your own style, and appropriate for the occasion, of course.

Today, since I'm just going to the office, I didn't do much with my accessories. I wore ruby jewelry and chose these sparkly SJP shoes to fancy up what is really a very simple dress.

Outfit Details

Dress: Donna Ricco Square-Neck Scuba Fit and Flare Dress

The neckline is why I really wanted to buy this dress. I love a dress with a square neck, since I feel it's the most flattering on me. I also liked that it was made of a scuba material (no ironing) and has that lacy design along the edges. The dress run true to size, and I'm wearing a size 2 for reference. It's a very comfortable dress that won't be going out of style anytime soon.

Shoes: SJP by Sarah Jessica Parker Giddy Dress Sandals

The sandals are no longer available, but many major retailers, like Bloomingdale's, Neiman Marcus and Saks, carry the SJP shoe line.