Sunday, October 31, 2010

I Always Feel Like... Somebody's Watching Me

Happy Halloween! I always love this day of the year, when you can become someone else, watch scary movies, eat lots of candy and sweets, and pretty much wear whatever you want... and get away with it. This year, we decided to dress up as a family:

  • Chapin is Mario from the Super Mario Bros. Nintendo game
  • I am the princess, Princess Peach to be exact, who is waiting patiently for Mario to get his ass in gear and save the day
  • George is the evil dragon, Bowzer, who is holding the princess hostage

We had fun last night attending a Halloween party, although, as I was steaming our outfits, I realized that we did not have the bushy mustache that was supposed to be part of the Mario costume pack. So, we had to improvise, and I ended up drawing that mustache on Chapin with black liquid eyeliner. I think it came out pretty well, don't you!

We are also dog sitting for the weekend, so George has had a playmate. Here is a sweet picture of Zooey. I think we have realized after having two for the weekend that we are not ready to get another dog yet. Maybe we will be ready someday, but for now, we will just be a family of three.

Happy Halloween to all my readers! I hope you enjoy today as much as I am (so far)! 

Friday, October 29, 2010

Witchy Woman

As a fan of fashion, I am also a huge fan of the Lifetime TV show Project Runway. In fact, it has inspired me to want to learn to sew, so that maybe I can make my own clothes someday instead of spending so much money buying other people's designs. My mom has actually offered to teach me. She is a master at crafts and has made all the drapes and curtains in her house. When she was in high school, she also sewed her own clothes, and made the dress my grandmother wore to my Aunt Annamarie's wedding.

However, my mom has her work cut out for her... The last time I tried to sew -- in 7th grade Home Economics class back in New Jersey -- I made a pin cushion and ended up with the material inside out. Don't ask me how. Aside from baking, I am not the best at keeping house.

But I digress! The reason I wanted to mention Project Runway is because Chapin and I were both very upset at the outcome of last night's Season 8 finale. (Yes, my husband watches the show with me, and we have fun discussing whose outfits we like and who we think will go home.) This season has been filled with a lot of bitchy egotists, and though one, the evil Ivy, went home several weeks ago (finally), we were left with Ms. Big Head herself, Gretchen.

SPOILER ALERT: That Gretchen ended up the winner over the sweet, talented Mondo left me a bit angry and disillusioned. Although I really respect Nina Garcia's opinion, Gretchen's clothes on the runway were just BLAH! Mondo's clothes , on the other hand, had color, pop and zest, and I have included a few of my favorites on today's blog post.

I think Entertainment Weekly columnist Missy Schwartz put in best when she wrote, in her finale recap:

"It was here, in the middle of the heated deliberations, that I started to realize that the Mondo victory that seemed so inevitable at the top of the hour was no longer a fait accompli. It was not a good feeling. It’s true that Nina proposed (albeit rather unconvincingly) that they hand both finalists the crown. But that suggestion quickly disintegrated under the force of her increasingly fervent defense of Gretchen (“These clothes are on trend!”) and MK’s increasingly bitchy demeanor. To Jessica Simpson’s observation that Gretchen’s clothes were loose fitting, MK barked, “Hello! Read a magazine!” (That was way harsh, Tai.)

And I love the Clueless reference.

As for my outfit today, I went with a military inspired green dress from Laundry by Shelli Segal. I could not find the dress online, but here is a similar miliatry dress from Phoebe Couture.

I paired the Military Ponte Dress with my L.A.M.B. Gorgeous Women's Pumps, which are, to me, stunning! I love the gold and suede detailing. I am also wearing my bracelet watch and diamond studs.

I guess I chose to wear this dress because it sort of Halloween-y, although not really... I miss the days when I could wear my costumes to work!

Thursday, October 28, 2010

If Only We Could Sleep

I am exhausted today, probably because I have not been getting enough sleep lately. So, I apologize in advance for the bags under my eyes. The alarm went off as usual, but I turned it right off and went back to sleep. Although I didn't get my workout in, I hope the extra sleep did me some good!

Today I'm in a simple brown Eva Franco dress and BCBGMAXAZRIA Women's Harper Peep Toe Wedges in Dark Taupe.The dress is very comfortable, which was my top objective when choosing my outfit this morning. I went light on the jewelry simply because I was in a rush to get dressed after sleeping in a bit: just my diamond studs and rings.

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Forever Young

Today I'm in a Betsey Johnson dress and shoes, an outfit I have had for several years. I love the deep v neckline, as well as the little cap sleeves. This type of sleeve is very flattering on just about anyone, and can help slim the arm. That flutter, combined with the cap sleeve's feminine flair, are why I always seem to seek out dresses with cap or puff sleeves.

I could not find this Betsey Johnson mini-dots dress available for purchase online, but here is a picture of Eva Longoria wearing the dress.

Although the dress appears plain black and white in the picture, the white is actually more of an off-white on the trim, and the dots are beige. I matched the dress with these Betsey Johnson Leland T-Strap Platform Pumps in the same color. These pumps are unfortunately no longer available for purchase online.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

The Power of Love

Today is October 26, 2010, and 25 years ago today, Marty McFly traveled back in time. I couldn't let this day pass without giving a special shout out to my favorite movie of all time, Back to the Future.

I still remember seeing this movie with my sister, Gail, and my mom in August of 1985, when I was seven years old. I was enamored even then, and Back to the Future was rented many, many times in our house throughout the 80s. It also produced a crush on Michael J. Fox, probably my first celebrity crush. (I had a poster of him on my closet door that I used to kiss... on the lips!)

There's also a reason my pug is named George!

So, I thought I would celebrate today by sharing my top ten favorite moments from the film, many of which are captured in this great clip on You Tube.

#10: George McFly Dancing
He is just having a great ole time dancing alone near the punch table, waiting for his turn to prove to Lorraine he's not a pushover after all.

#9: Do You Know What This Means?
Marty shows up to try to get Doc to believe his time travel story. I love the supposed mind reading contraption on his head that he soon realizes doesn't work at all. Christopher Lloyd could not have delivered that line better.

#8: George McFly Laughing
I don't think I have to elaborate too much on this one...

#7: My Pine!
As Chapin well knows, I randomly love the scene in this movie where Marty, having just landed back in 1955, knocks down one of Old Man Peabody's pine trees. The expletives he launches as Marty hightails it out of there make me laugh every time: "You space bastard. You killer pine!" You'll also notice how the name of Twin Pines Mall changes to Lone Pine Mall by the end of the movie.

#6: 88 Miles Per Hour
Doc Brown and Marty McFly watch in awe as the Delorean reaches 88 miles per hour. It also produces one of the film's best lines: "When this baby hits 88 miles per hour, you're going to see some serious s***."

#5: Darth Vader visits George McFly
When Marty has trouble getting his father to ask his mother to the Enchantment Under the Sea dance, he dresses up in his radiation suit, hooks George up with some ear phones, and blasts Van Halen. Crispin Glover is priceless in this scene as George.

#4: George Punches Biff
Although I didn't understand at the time what would have happened to Lorraine had George not shown up, I have always gotten immense satisfaction seeing him punch that jerk in the face.

#3: Calvin Klein Skateboards Into Lorraine's Heart
This skateboard scene is a classic... and Marty is an "absolute dream."

#2: You're My M...
Marty's awkwardness and confusion in this scene are palpable. I remember asking my mom to explain to me about a "hope chest."

#1: George McFly Comes Through
My favorite scene of the movie still makes me smile to this day. As Marty watches his hand disappearing, then realizes he is about to be "erased from existence," George steps up and kisses Lorraine, saving the day.

Everybody Wants to Rule the World

Today I wore a sleeveless floral dress because I'm not sure how much longer these high temperatures here in Atlanta will stick around. The dress in question is the Leifsdottir "Shadows Cast" Printed Spun Silk-Cotton Day Dress, which unfortunately I could not find for purchase online.

Leifsdottir is available at many major online retailers, so if you like the dress, check out these stores to see what else the brand has available today.
The site also tends to have a great sale section, so refer to it first whenever you are thinking of making a purchase.

I love the neckline on this dress, and it's very comfortable, yet still looks chic and professional. I actually don't think this dress is all that flattering on me, which could be because it's a little big on me. Oh well.

I also wore my bracelet watch, diamond/ sapphire earrings, and scuffed up blue BCBGirls pumps because they are the only navy shoes I own! It's actually hard to find nice navy shoes these days! If you see any online, let me know...

Halloween is coming up, and I ordered costumes today for me, George and Chapin. I won't reveal our costumes just yet... you will have to wait for this weekend to see the pictures. As many of my friends and family members know, Halloween is one of my favorites holidays. Dress up, sweets and parties... who could ask for more? :)

It's Not Easy Being Green

It's been warm and humid in Atlanta the last few days, and Monday was very rainy and stormy, so I decided to start back at work after my vacation wearing a bright, vibrant color: this beautiful emerald green. The dress is from Rebecca Minkoff, who is definitely more known for her handbags than her clothing, but I fell in love with the cut and color of this dress at first sight.

The dress is the Rebecca Minkoff Ilaria Dress, which is still available in black, red and a sweet floral pattern on I also realized as I was researching this dress that Buffy star Michelle Trachtenberg recently wore this dress in red. How cool!

Although it wrinkles easily, I like many of the unique aspects of the dress: the tulip design of the hem, the low cut and knot in front and the puff sleeves.

I paired the dress with my bracelet watch (from Stacey and Daniel) and java brown BCBGMaxAzria Deivis Pumps.

On a San Francisco High

Chapin and I just returned from five wonderful days in San Francisco. It was our first time in this magical city, and our trip was filled with laughter, adventure... and a great deal of eating and drinking. You could definitely say we fell in love with this beautiful city, and hope to go back again soon. There is so much to do there, it's hard to fit it all in one trip!

Our Hotel: We spent our stay in San Francisco at The Clift Hotel in the heart of Union Square. It was a great place to call home base during our time on the West Coast - very modern and plush, although the bathroom was a little on the small size.

Day 1: We arrived in San Francisco around noon on Wednesday, and after collecting our luggage, went immediately to our hotel. I was disappointed that we didn't get to see the magnificent Golden Gate bridge during our ride, but there was enough to see just taking in the city for the first time. I was immediately enthralled.

As we realized soon after departing, Chapin and I had left behind some items we absolutely needed for our trip. I forgot all my makeup brushes, and Chapin left the white dress shirt he wears with his suit at the cleaners. So, after having a tummy-loving lunch of calamari and mushroom pizza at Postrio, we headed to the Union Square shopping district. Chapin and I both ended up at Macy's, where he chose a light blue dress shirt from Hugo Boss, and I went to the Clinique counter for my brushes and free gift, a special bonus that included a great little eye shadow compact.

Later, we stopped at Cako's Bakery to pick up some cupcakes, as we realized we were too full from lunch to go out for dinner. We went back to the hotel bar, and sat for awhile with some drinks and our sweet desserts. It was bliss to just sit back and relax!

Day 2: We were up early for our day in Napa Valley to visit some local wineries. After a stop at Starbucks, we were on our way. We rented a town car with a driver for the day to take us around to all the best sites, and it was worth every penny. I can't imagine drinking all that wine and having to drive, too! Our winery visits included:

We took a tour at the Beringer Vinyards, and learned the film A Walk in the Clouds (with Keanu Reeves) was filmed there.

After resting for a bit, and recovering from all that drinking, we changed and headed out to the rehearsal dinner for my cousin Jeff, and his fiance, Kristen. The dinner was held at Bocce Cafe. Unfortunately, in the cab ride over, we left our camera behind, so our pictures from Napa Valley are lost forever.

Here I am in our hotel room, posing in my outfit for the rehearsal dinner. The dress is Black Halo (a gift from Chapin) and the shoes are BCBGMaxAzria Women's Maetis T-Strap Sandals in Lead Satin. I love this dress for its rich color, and the cut hugs the curves just right. It is, however, somewhat risque, and it wrinkles very easily because it is silk, but overall it's a fabulous cocktail dress.

Day 3: We did a lot of walking on our third day in San Francisco. We started off with a quick breakfast and a trip to Radio Shack to purchase a new camera. Here I am posing in the store. I thought I would include it because it makes me smile, and you can see me in a more casual outfit. My coat is the Old Navy Wool-Blend Ruffle Coat, and has been seen on a few celebrities like Kristin Cavallari! It comes in a few other colors (black and blue), but I love the red and have been wanting a red coat for awhile.

Our day included a trip to Alcatraz. Our ferry left at 10:30 a.m., and we spent about two and a half hours there walking around the grounds and taking the audio tour of the prison. It was extremely interesting, and I discovered things I never knew, including the infamous "dummy head escape." Three prisoners got out, but were never found. Many believe they drowned.

Here is a good shot of Chapin on the island with San Francisco in the background. As you can, we were not having the best weather! We also got to see a seal while we were on the island, as well as on the ferry ride back to San Francisco. They are so cute!

After we got back to the city, we walked to Fisherman's Wharf and Ghiardelli Square, where we had lunch and picked up some desserts, including fudge and cupcakes from Kara's Cupcakes. Can you tell I love cupcakes?

Later that evening, we headed out for an Italian dinner at a local restaurant Jeff and Kristen recommended: Franchino. The restaurant was small but overflowing with atmosphere, from the Italian grandmother who stopped by our table to recommend a wine to the grandfather in complete "mob" get-up manning the door. And, of course, the food was amazing. I had the manicotti while Chapin tried the gnocchi!

Here I am in my outfit for dinner: Allegra lace cocktail dress from Cynthia Steffe and L.A.M.B. Women's Dakota Woven Sandals.

Day 4: The wedding day finally arrived, and we decided not to do too much, as we knew we would be up late. We slept in and had a late brunch at a wonderful little placed called Zazie that Jeff and Kristen mentioned on their wedding website. The food was amazing! I had the French Toast Tahiti, which is challah stuffed with caramelized bananas and walnuts, and Chapin had the special omelet of the day. My meal was to die for, and I didn't need to eat again all day!

Since Zazie was close to Golden Gate Park, we walked around the park after brunch to try to burn off some of those calories. Fortunately, it wasn't raining, but it was very overcast and chilly, so we didn't take any pictures on the walk.

Once we got back to the hotel, Chapin went off to a sports bar to watch the Auburn game, while I relaxed in the hotel room. Chapin came back to the hotel a few hours later, and not empty handed. He surprised me with a pair of new shoes I'd been admiring earlier that day in the BCBG store. These BCBGMaxAzria sparkly Savannah pumps perfectly matched the Betsey Johnson dress I was planning to wear to the wedding that night. He earned major "husband points" for that generous gift!

Finally, after Auburn's win over LSU, we set off for the wedding. Although it was raining, the ceremony and reception were beautiful, and Chapin and I had so much fun spending time with my extended family and eating the wonderful food.

Here is a great picture of us with the bride and groom.

Jeff and Kristen love good food, and the wedding day menu definitely reflected that. Kristen and I have bonded in the past over pugs and cupcakes, so it was no surprise to see the cupcake cake. Here I am taking a big bite out of a red velvet cupcake. You can also see the carrot cupcake I demolished soon afterward.

After attending the after party, where we got to spend more time with our family, we headed back to the hotel to grab a few hours of sleep before our flight. We left San Francisco early on Sunday to head home to Atlanta. My parents met us at the airport with George, whom were so excited to see after five days apart. We went home and pretty much went back to bed catch up on all our sleep before going back to work.

Although I could write more about our trip, these are the highlights, and as you can, we had a fabulous time. Thank you to Jeff and Kristen for giving us an excuse to visit this wonderful city.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

On My Way

I've gotten several comments on my outfit today, I guess because it's a little out of the ordinary for me. But I think that's what I like about this dress... and why I ended up buying it in the first place.

The dress in question is the Alix Bead Neck Silk dress from Frock by Tracy Reese. The necklace is part of the dress, which has become a trend in the past few years. (I have another "necklace dress" that has been in my closet for about a year now, but I need to get it altered a bit, so I have yet to wear it!)

I don't like wearing this dress, though, because the top always gets so wrinkled. I had to quickly iron it this morning, which made me a little late for work! Good thing I will be working late tonight anyway... :)

I paired the dress with my "Michelle" jelly wedges from BCBGMaxAzria. I like these shoes, but they are a bit squeaky when I walk.

Since there is so much going on with the dress, I kept my jewelry simple: just my diamond studs in my ears.

Monday, October 18, 2010

We Are Family

It was hard coming back to work today after spending a wonderful weekend with my sisters. My sister, Gail, came into town on Friday night with her husband in tow, and I was so excited to see her. I don't think I had seen her since June, which is probably the longest we've ever gone without an in-person visit.

I also got to experience Laura's cooking for the first time. In my mind, she's always the little sister who played with Barbies and watched 90210 and 80s movies with me -- Dirty Dancing! Dance Til Dawn! -- but she is a married lady now with a home of her own. And she's a great cook! Too bad Chapin had to miss out, because he went to the Auburn game on Saturday with some friends he knows through work.

I worked through lunch today and will need to stay late, so I haven't been outside since walking George this morning. It looks overcast out right now, but I don't think rain is in the forecast.

As for my outfit today, I'm wearing a gray and black dress from Max & Cleo, one of the brands under the BCBG umbrella. Max & Cleo is definitely a cheaper brand, and the clothes are not usually that well made, but there are some really cute options out there - like this dress!

I am also wearing Charles by Charles David Curtsy Slingbacks in Black Tweed. These shoes pinch my toes, but they sure are cute!

Friday, October 15, 2010

Don't Worry, Be Happy

Although it's Friday and I am so excited to spend the weekend with my sisters, I decided to wear black today. I was in a rush to get dressed this morning due to an early meeting, and this Betsey Johnson dress was the first item I pulled from my closet. I like the details on the dress, though they are hard to see in the picture: the white scallop edging at the top, and the white buttons down the entire front side of the dress. It ties in back.

I paired the dress with my black L.A.M.B. Quincy Pumps. Even with the height on these shoes, they are surprisingly comfortable! And I just think they are so beautiful. Maybe I do love shoes a little too much. :)

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Lady in Red

In case you couldn't guess from the title of this post, I am dressed in red today. I know that title is pretty cheesy, but I was watching Baby Mama for the 100th time last night, so it seems fitting.

Anyway... I am wearing a red sheath dress from Chequer, paired with black Nine West shoes and my black Michele bag. Chequer, as I may have mentioned before on this blog, is an internal brand at Bloomingdale's, one of my favorite stores. Chequer dresses are always chic and well made, and I especially like this one for its vibrant red color, overall silhouette and inside lining. Unfortunately, I could not find the dress for purchase online, but here are some similar red sheath dresses available now:

- Kate Spade Raya Red Silk-Wool Cap-Sleeved Sheath Dress

- Calvin Klein Pleated Scoopneck Sheath Dress

- DIANE von FURSTENBERG "Jori" Jersey Sheath Dress

- Elie Tahari Ruffled Jersey Sheath Dress

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Michelle, Ma Belle

Strangely enough - it's like I was destined to like fashion or something - both parts of my maiden name are famous fashion brands:

- MICHELE: Known primarily for watches, MICHELE also has a line of purses and sunglasses.

- Fontanelli: High-end Fontanelli purses use quality leather and are made with fine Italian craftsmanship.

Although I own many beautiful bags, I did not have a MICHELE or Fontanelli purse among my collection... until now! I was very excited last week to learn that Michele brand purses were going to be featured on Rue La La. In the picture on the right, I am holding my new MICHELE Layla Chain Swag Crushed Patent Leather Satchel. I am so excited! The name plate on the front actually reads Michele - spelled with one "l"!

I Will Always Love You

Although I don't have children (yet?), sometimes I think I can understand how a mother must feel when her child starts growing up and needing her less and less. Let me explain: George has recently decided that our leather chair is his new "spot." He will climb up there and go to sleep, or just sit contentedly and watch all the action in our house from afar.

The chair is in a corner of the room that is not optimal for TV viewing, so since I usually eat breakfast while watching Good Morning America or The Today Show, I do so from the couch... which means he is not right next to me. This morning, I actually got his pillow, picked him and put him down on the couch next to me so I could eat my cereal and pet him. Well, he wasn't having any of that. He promptly jumped off the couch and returned to his chair, even though I had already moved his pillow. How rude!

But I know he loves me. He likes to lick the lotion off my legs in the morning, and I believe he was going in to get some licking action this morning when this picture was snapped. I thought it was so cute, I had to use it on the blog today.

This silk jersey purple wrap "Paige" dress is from Cynthia Steffe, and Courteney Cox actually wore it on an episode of Cougar Town last season. (A great, funny show... I hope you are watching!) As most celebrity followers know, Ms. Cox is currently separated from her husband, David Arquette, and though I don't know them personally, I feel sad about their break-up. Scream has always been a personal favorite movie of mine, and I loved how they met on the set, married and stay married for so long. I am still hoping for a reconciliation. They just always seemed so cute together.

By the way, if you ever want to find out what a celebrity is wearing on the red carpet, on TV, or in a new movie, check out

I paired today's dress with my gold BCBGMaxAzria Idil Heel Sandals and my new black purse. More details on the purse to come later!

Tuesday, October 12, 2010


It's kind of overcast here in Atlanta, and my nose is telling me that the weather is changing once again. (With the change in season comes an increase in my allergy and sinus problems! Oh well.) At least I can now get a good night's rest in our new bed. It's fabulous!

Today I'm wearing a Juicy Couture red and blue flower print dress. I love this dress, but it does have a fairly large bow in the back that makes me feel like my butt is even bigger than usual. I bought this dress back in 2008, so it's not available for purchase online; however, you can shop for discounted Juicy Couture clothing on, and other online stores.

I paired the dress with blue accessories today:
- Patent blue Charles David Sierra Tote
- BCBGMAXAZRIA Women's Gage Peep Toe Pumps in Blue Patent
- Blue sapphire earrings and necklace

Monday, October 11, 2010

Manic Monday

Well, it's another Monday in Atlanta. It's a crazy day here at work, as usual, so my posting will be brief as I wait for a call from Chapin to let me know our new mattress has been delivered.

Today I'm wearing a Stripe/ Solid Mini Dress from Ella Moss. I could not find this dress for purchase online, though it was formerly available at Saks and a few other stores. I am not the biggest fan of this dress because it is made with a jersey material that is extremely thin. It's fairly snug, and it is not lined, so it shows everything. Oh well!

I paired the dress with Betsey Johnson accessories: my black satchel and Betsey Johnson Lavant black suede sandals with red accents. I think the red on the shoes give this black/ white ensemble a much needed extra pop of color.

3 AM

Hello! I chose today's blog title because of something very exciting going on in our household... We are getting our new mattress delivered today!

The reason this is so exciting... Chapin and I have slept on the same mattress for about 10 years now. We were both new college graduates at the time, had hardly any money, and we basically bought the first bed that was comfortable, plush and that we could afford.

So... it's definitely time for a new bed. Both of our backs have been hurting lately -- and I refuse to believe it's just because we are "getting older." Boo hoo! Plus, it's not very comfortable to feel the bed sag down on the left side every time Chapin gets in it. So, this Saturday, we made the trek to Macy's and picked out a new bed. We are very excited about our choice, and even though it was a fairly expensive bed, we feel that it will be worth every penny. After all, we will sleep in this bed every night. It's not like we won't get any use out of it!

We enjoyed the rest of Saturday having an early dinner at Nino's so that Chapin could come home in time for the Auburn game. (He actually missed a little of the beginning. Oh well!) Thank goodness Auburn finally won the game! The photo here is of us on our way out to eat. I am wearing a Juicy Couture dress and Steve Madden shoes.

Friday, October 8, 2010

Friday I'm in Love

Well, it's finally Friday again, and I have to admit that I'm really looking forward to the beautiful weekend. Since it will be 81 degrees out today, I thought I should go ahead and wear what is essentially a summer dress: this Diane von Furstenberg Nomie Dress in Creeping Leopard. I love the bold print, and the color scheme is very original and eye-catching. The neckline and overall silhouette is very flattering, too. (Jeez, I sound like Nina Garcia!)

One thing I can't hide in this dress: my hips! But overall I think this dress looks great.

If you like DVF, then now is the time to shop. You can get 20% off online at through October 11th with the code FRIENDS20.

As for my shoes and bag: I am wearing my Charles David Soulful pumps in Camel, and carrying my Betsey Johnson black satchel.

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Come On Get Happy!

I had a really hard time waking up this morning. It's not that I went to bed too late -- though I did fall asleep in bed with George by my side while watching The Ugly Truth for the tenth time (and it's not even a very good movie) -- but I think I'm just exhausted from this week. I am looking forward to Saturday when I can sleep in. If I do decide to have children some day, I don't know how I will cope without a "lie in," as the British call it.

Anyway, today I'm wearing another Cynthia Steffe dress: the Eve Sheath Dress in Hunter and Black. I can't find this dress for purchase online, but many online stores carry Cynthia Steffe dresses, such as:

  • Saks
I paired the dress with my Modern Vintage suede black T-strap heels. The exact name of these shoes is "Modern Vintage Women's Eligia T-Strap Pumps," and you can still buy them on Amazon and They come in black/black and black/gray. The thicker heel makes them more comfortable than other high heels.

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

The Rainbow Connection

The changing weather in Atlanta - hot one day, freezing the next - is not ideal for someone like me, who has suffered from allergy and sinus problems since childhood. It's hard to dress for this type of weather, too, but since I am deep in the Fashion Challenge, I have to use up all my short dresses before it's too late.

So that's why I chose this Rebecca Taylor navy topstitch dress for today. I love this dress for the way it hugs a woman's curves, and the topstitch detailing draws the eye away from the parts you hate. I could not find the exact dress online, but it's still available at Revolve Clothing (and on sale, too) in another color.

I like pairing navy and brown, so I am wearing the BCBGirls shoes my wonderful mother-in-law, Sheila, gave me for my birthday. They also have some stripe detailing, so I think they complement this dress quite well!

After I received two pairs of shoes for my birthday this year, Chapin told his family not to ever buy me shoes again, because I have so many. Well, I'm here to tell you: a girl can never have too many pairs of shoes!

Tuesday, October 5, 2010


For reasons I won't get into here, the last few days have been extremely stressful for me. I had to make a big decision, and I'm still not sure if I've made the right one. When I get stressed, I usually don't sleep well, so please excuse the baggage under my eyes today. Hopefully the Dunkin Donuts coffee I picked up on the way to work (and the Munchkins) will help get me out of my funk.

Anyway... Today's outfit is one of my winter favorites. I had to dress more warmly today because it was only 44 degrees out when I walked George this morning! It's hard to believe it has gotten so cold already, but it is supposed to be back up to 80 degrees by Saturday. I can't wait for the weekend.

I am wearing:

Dress: ABS by Allen Schwartz Combo Dress with Pleated Front

Shoes: BCBGMaxAzria Harper Wedges in Brown with Gold Detailing

Bag: Camel BCBGMaxAzria oversized purse

Here is my BCBGMaxAzria purse in Smoke if you're interested in that bag. It's a great purse, though sometimes I really have to dig through it to find what I need!

Monday, October 4, 2010

Please, Please, Please Let Me Get What I Want...

It's another week in Atlanta, Georgia! The temperature has dropped significantly, and I actually had to wear a jacket when I walked George this morning. It's nice to know that Fall has finally arrived!

Here I am in today's outfit:
- Brown dress with red belt and red buttons down the back by Alice + Olivia
- Red Stuart Weitzman flats
- Red Nine West purse

I want to write more but I'm exhausted. Is it really only Monday?

Friday, October 1, 2010


It's Friday again, the first of October, and I think Fall is officially in the air. My walk with George this morning helped wake me up, because the air was so cool and crisp. Chapin and I stayed up too late, so it was a struggle to drag myself out of bed. I didn't even work out, which says a lot.

I hear it's also supposed to be a beautiful weekend, and though Chapin has to work most of Saturday, we hope to spend some quality time with friends and family.

Today I'm wearing a purple Shoshanna Sheath Dress with my Charles David Soulful pumps in Camel. I could not find the exact dress online, but here is a similar Shoshanna Sheath Dress in purple from I also like this black Shoshanna Tab-Waist Sheath Dress from Saks.

Shoshanna is a fairly new designer (last 10-12 years or so) who originally became famous for dating Jerry Seinfeld in the 1990s. I like her designs because they often account for the fact that women have hips rather than rail thin boyish figures. Her sizes tend to run a little big. This dress is actually a size 2, and let me assure you, pretty much nothing else in my closet is that size.

Shoshanna dresses can be expensive, but keep an eye out for sales at stores like Bloomingdale's and Lord & Taylor, because you can usually find a good deal. I don't think I've purchased anything online at full price in quite a while...