Monday, November 18, 2019

Body Con Black

This body con LBD is chic and professional, yet still shows off your curves, so it's perfect for work -- and after work -- engagements. It's simple but still has some surprise design elements, like the higher neck, cleavage cutout and little flutter sleeves.


Outfit Details

Dress: Bailey 44 Bewitched Cutout Body Con Dress

Unfortunately, both the dress and shoes are no longer available. But you can still shop for a little black dress on the Bailey 44 website, or browse the brand's full collection on websites like Bloomingdale's.

What I love most about an LBD, aside from making you look slim and fabulous, is that they tend not to go out of style. An LBD is a great investment piece, one you can definitely plan to wear for years to come.

Bailey 44 is not actually an expensive brand, though. Most dresses retail for around $200, and go for much less on sale.

Shoes: Prada Patent Leather Cap-Toe Pumps in Nude and Black

Chapin bought me these pumps last Christmas, and they are ideal for work, going with just about everything. Prada pieces tend to be so classic -- another great investment piece. What's on your wish list this Christmas? Leave a comment and let me know!

Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Chill

It's so cold in Atlanta! Today's dress is one of many new long-sleeve dresses I have recently added to my closet. It's one of my favorite looks for winter. I don't mind bare legs -- but give me sleeves, please!


Outfit Details

Dress: Maje Ralina Fit and Flare Dress (options available on eBay)

Shoes: SJP by Sarah Jessica Parker Fawn Pumps in Pewter Prismatic

I know the shoes seem like an odd pairing with the dress, but the prism pattern picks up reddish hints from the fabric, making for a beautiful effect.

I look exhausted today, probably because I didn't get enough sleep last night. Am I the only one who feels off every time there's a full moon?

Monday, November 11, 2019

Step Into the Sun

Happy Monday! I feel like I got so much done this past weekend, even though it wasn't really much. Highlights include brunch at Buttermilk Kitchen, seeing Terminator: Dark Fate with some friends, baking chocolate chip-walnut-banana bread, finishing a book (The Islanders) and spending some good quality time with the hubby and our dogs. I love being a mom to three pugs, even though I will never get to sleep in again. Tulip is usually up by 5:30 a.m. -- demanding her breakfast -- no matter what day of the week it might be!


Today's dress is one I thought I would wear while the weather is still decent. Although the mornings have been cold, by afternoon it's in the 60s... but that all changes tomorrow when an Arctic Blast moves in. UGH!

Outfit Details

Dress: Kate Spade New York Poppy Field Shirt Dress

The dress is cute and comfortable, and I love the bold floral pattern and ruffled edges. It's definitely a "me" dress!

You can still buy the dress on the Kate Spade website or 6pm.com.


Shoes: Prada Bow Tie Platform Sandals (no longer available)

P.S. Since today's dress is called Poppy Field, I immediately thought of that scene from The Wizard of Oz where Dorothy and her friends must trek through a field of poppies to get to the Emerald City. The name of today's post is a lyric from the song that plays when they finally head to that infamous gate.

Tuesday, November 5, 2019

Sporty Spice

I'm feeling so sporty today in this polo dress from the Parker brand! The dress is super comfortable and perfect for this crazy busy day in the office.

I also wanted something comfortable because I'm feeling so off today... I didn't sleep well, then struggled through my entire morning workout. Hopefully I can get some rest tonight! I hope I'm just feeling this way because of the time change and not because I'm getting sick. Ugh.


Outfit Details:

Dress: Parker Monty Knit Polo Dress

Shoes: Stuart Weitzman Soundtrack High Heel Sandals (no longer available)

Monday, November 4, 2019

80s Throwback

This dress immediately takes me back to my preteen days in the late 1980s, when ruffled skirts were all the rage. I love the modern twist that the Alice + Olivia brand has given this simple little black dress (LBD), with a sheer neckline, fitted bodice and short hem. It's probably more suited to a cocktail party than the office, but I just have to consider my work my own private runway. Where else would I wear such a fabulous dress?


Outfit Details:

Dress: Alice + Olivia Janice Ruffled Black Dress (no longer available)

Shoes: Jimmy Choo Bronx Black and Gold Buckle Sandals

Milestone Celebration

This past weekend, Chapin and I celebrated a fairly huge milestone: two decades together! This month marks 20 years since Chapin and I had our first date, and 16 years since we got married.


We decided to celebrate at a local restaurant called Arnette's Chop Shop. We both wanted to try it just because of the name, but the food was also supposed to be very good.

I started off with the Louie Salad, which is appropriate since Chapin's first name is Louie! It's a seafood salad, with bits of crab and shrimp, so of course I loved every bite. It's a fairly large salad, though, so next time I will probably get another starter. I worried if I finished it, I would not be hungry for the next course!

I had the tuna special for my entree, which was fabulous. Chapin started off with the Wagyu Beef Ribs and had a steak special for his main meal. He only eats red meat a few times a year, almost always when we go out for a nice dinner, so don't think he eats like this very often. ;)

For our sides, we agreed on two: the Loaded Twice Baked Potato and the Brussels Sprouts with Smoked Bacon & Apples. Chapin said just about everything on the menu had bacon, and he was right -- even a dessert!

The staff was extremely welcoming and even the owner came over to say hello. He wanted to meet this other Arnett!

And finally... dessert! The staff brought us a chocolate flourless cake with espresso ice cream for our special anniversary dessert, and then I topped that off by ordering the Chop Shop Sundae! Ice cream is my weakness!


We got a huge bowl with a scoop each of chocolate, vanilla and strawberry ice cream, then three "sauces" (caramel, hot fudge and strawberry), then a variety of little bowls of toppings. There was everything from sprinkles and Oreo crumbles to the aforementioned bacon! It was heaven.

I'm glad Chapin and I could celebrate our anniversary doing what we love best: eating and drinking! Ha!

Fashion Details:

Dress: Black Halo Bowery Ruched Floral Velvet Dress

Shoes: Jimmy Choo Emily Crisscross Platform Sandals in Ballet Pink Metallic

Monday, October 28, 2019

Rosy Outlook

I didn't get a chance to wear this dress over the summer, so I'm wearing it now while the temperatures are still nice. The high today is 76 degrees in Atlanta -- just beautiful!


Dress: BCBGMaxAzria Rose Bloom Floral Lace Dress

The dress is so feminine, with an old-fashioned rose floral print on a very modern silhouette. The square-neck neckline is sexy -- in a subtle way -- with a handkerchief hemline that completes the look.

The look is a combination of all my favorite dress attributes: comfortable, chic and ultra flattering.

As for sizing: I'm wearing an XS for reference. BCBGMaxAzria tends to run big, so I would size down if you're between sizes.

Shoes: Manolo Blahnik Khan Clear Strap Sandals in Gold

The clear style seems to be sold out, but you can find this same shoe in a variety of other options at stores like Bergdorf Goodman online.

Necklace: Kendra Scott Elisa Silver Pendant Necklace in Dichroic Glass


Weekend Update

As it's Monday, here are some highlights from my weekend:

  • Chapin and I went out Saturday night to our favorite local Mexican restaurant, Zama, to split a plate of nachos (our weakness) and enjoy some drinks -- beer for him, margaritas for me!
  • Sunday, I had the opportunity to meet the author of Sex and the City, Candace Bushnell, at an event moderated by Atlanta writer Emily Giffin, whom I have met off and on throughout the years. It was a fun night!

With Candace Bushnell, wearing a Shoshanna Dress

With Emily Giffin - You can see my SJP shoes in this photo!