This comfortable fit and flare dress is in a beautiful peachy pink. I especially like the cuts on the sleeves and how they pouf out a little. As always, Black Halo dresses are very thoughtfully crafted.
I love Black Halo dresses, but they don't tend to fit me all that well. I have to size up because of my wide hips, which then makes the top half too large for my small shoulders and frame. Some designs just don't work on an apple shape like mine... or am I an hourglass shape? I never seem to know the difference.
I think this dress is a testament to the plaid rage of the mid-90s. I remember I had a black plaid skirt that I just loved. It looked like a kilt and even had the big metal pin affixed to it. I wonder now what I would say to myself about my fashion sense back in 1994.
Today's dress of the day may look familiar to you if you're a fan of the Fox show New Girl. Jess (Zooey Deschanel) wore the Shoshanna Cassidy dress in the 2013 episode "Quick Hardening Caulk." This episode is one of my favorites, because not only does Jess start to admit that she's really attracted to Nick (Jake Johnson), but they visit a home building store together, where everything reminds her of sex.
If you like this magenta Shoshanna dress, you can rent it from Rent the Runway, or visit Shoshanna.com to shop a variety of styles from the designer.
The black and rose gold pumps are from Kate Spade New York. You would not believe the number of compliments I get from people when I wear these shoes. Today, in Publix, the cashier went crazy over them. She even brought her manager and another cashier over to see them. The shoes are sold out, but here's a similar style.
This dress is so comfortable, so I'm excited to wear it to my company's holiday party at Couscous Atlanta tonight. Everyone has worked so hard this year; I'm extremely proud of the team at Local Marketing, Inc.!
I may look tired because I had to rush George to the vet last night after his left eye started watering, and I noticed he was struggling to keep it open. It turns out, the poor guy has an ear infection in his right ear and an eye ulcer in his left eye.
George had an eye ulcer - a pretty severe one - back in 2006. Fortunately, we caught this one early. If your pug starts winking at you, it's not because he or she knows something you don't. Your pug could, in fact, be having some eye problems.
George is home today in a cone, but hopefully on the road to recovery.
Don't you just love a good little black dress (LBD)? This one from Black Halo concentrates on the shoulders (there are even shoulder pads) and the waist (via quilting that nips in around the hips) to help draw the eye to more complimentary areas of the body. There is clearly some thought behind the design, and it's much appreciated.
Shoes: Kate Spade New York Licorice Pumps (black with gold flecks)
This week, Chapin and I went to Bacchanalia for the first time to celebrate Chapin's birthday. What an experience. If you haven't eaten there yet, I highly recommend it. Yes, it's pricey, but it's worth it for one of the best dining experiences I've had in Atlanta. I can't decide if I enjoyed Bacchanalia or Restaurant Eugene more - both were fantastic.
This week, my sisters and I have been reminiscing about one of our favorite childhood movies: The Chipmunk Adventure. The songs from the movie have been stuck in my head for some weird reason. One of our favorite songs was always the one where the Chipettes sing about the importance of a mother. I bring this up in today's outfit post because my mom actually bought me this dress.
My mom is one of the most important people in my life. As I get older, and friends fade in and out of my life, my mom has remained a close confidante. I talk to her on the phone several times a week (usually), and try to see her and my dad at least twice a month. It's hard when life is so busy, but I hope my parents both know how much I love them, and how much they mean to me.
A few years ago, I almost took a job out of town. I'm so glad I didn't. I love being close to my parents and just a car ride away. They are my support system through everything. I may not agree with them on everything, but I know they are going to love me regardless of my politics, religion or any other controversial subject.
I went to the dermatologist today, and they told me it had been over a year since my last visit. I was startled, because -- in my mind -- it felt like just a few months. Time is going faster and faster as I get older, and it's scaring me.
I usually am not a big fan of print dresses, but I love the green and blue diamond pattern on this Shoshanna dress. It would be perfect for Earth Day! It's hard to tell from the photo, but the skirt gives a full twirl if I ever were to dance in it. Ah, a girl can dream. Unfortunately, my hubby is not one for dancing.
Pumps: Stuart Weitzman Capsize Metallic Cap Toe Pumps
I had my hair done over the weekend, so the red is nice and vibrant for the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday. Here's an inside view:
Chapin and I saw the new Hunger Games movie this past weekend with our friend, Elizabeth. I recently re-read the last book, Mockingay, and I don't know how I'm going to wait another year to see the final movie installment. What are your thoughts on the underlying meaning of these books? Is the Capitol the author's (Suzanne Collins) view of the United States? Real or not real?
I love wool dresses, and they are perfect for cold, windy days like today. But living with two pugs means any fabric like wool is immediately covered in pug hair. Oh well, what can you do? I'm not going to give up my two cuddle bugs. Norman was being especially sweet this morning, wanting to nestle in my lap while I ate my breakfast.
Today's outfit is from my favorite designer, Shoshanna: just a simple blue and black wool sheath dress. Colorblocking is one trend that I have embraced wholeheartedly.
As many dresses as hang in my closet (room), I don't actually own all that many long sleeved dresses. Today's outfit includes one such dress, though, since it's about 28 degrees in Atlanta. Most of the country is experiencing a very early cold snap. Even Norman, our one-year-old pug mix, needs to wear a sweater when he goes outside!
It's so cold here in Atlanta today. I guess I should expect that, with Thanksgiving just two weeks away, but it feels like the temperatures started dropping fairly quickly. I hope we are not in for a bad winter.
Unfortunately, I spent most of today dealing with a death in the family... the death of my laptop. I am in the process of moving everything over to a new MSi laptop that Chapin picked out for me. Here's hoping this one lasts longer than two years.
We skipped dessert, even though we adore dessert, since there was no chocolate option on the menu. We did enjoy a wonderful bottle of wine with our meal, though: Morgon. We are looking into getting regular shipments!
My Outfit Details:
Dress: Rebecca Taylor Lace Bustier Dress
Shoes: B Brian Atwood
Chapin's Outfit Details:
Shirt: Hugo Boss
Fun Fact: I curled my hair for the occasion, but I am inept with a curling iron and even a curling wand. I used my old Lock 'n Roll set that I've had since I was twelve.
Actress Michelle Trachtenberg (little sister Dawn on Buffy the Vampire Slayer) wore the dress to an event a few years ago.
Although in the past I have often dressed up for Halloween, as my career has advanced, I have been forced to treat Halloween like any other day. I can at least wear black for the occasion, though, and you can be sure I will be greeting our neighborhood trick-or-treaters in costume tonight (stay tuned).
Dress: Cynthia Steffe Black Peplum Dress
I have many, many little black dresses, but this Cynthia Steffe dress is one of my favorites. It's very flattering all around. I especially love the square neckline, which is very attractive in a more subtle way.
My husband has been traveling all week, so our little pug mix, Norman, has been very restless, especially the last two nights. I have dark circles to match the dress, I guess.
Here is our Halloween photo from this year. We did a whole Ghostbusters theme, though you can barely see Norman in his ghostbusting outfit. George looked so cute in his Stay Puft Marshmallow Man costume.
Today's dress, being purple and from Calvin Klein, reminded me of a certain scene from my favorite movie of all time, Back to the Future. I am super stressed at work this week, so thinking of that movie makes me smile.
In other news, I am re-reading The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, since Part I comes out in theaters in just a few weeks. I already bought tickets for the opening weekend. Go Team Peeta!
I needed to get to work early today, so I took today's post before the sun had fully risen. It makes for a beautiful photo, though! You can see the pink sky in the background.
Dress: French Connection
Unfortunately, no matter what I do, this dress wrinkles. Oh well! Here's a very similar French Connection sheath dress, available in navy and a few other colors. Remember that French Connection runs small, so size up.
This dress always makes me think of a checkerboard, especially since I usually pair it with red accessories. I always enjoyed playing checkers as a child. My sisters and I had a two-sided game growing up: one side with the typical checkerboard, and the other with Chinese checkers. For some reason, we never learned to play the Chinese checker side... I have no idea why! I still don't know how to play to this day.
Checkers also makes me think of a certain scene from Overboard, one of my favorite movies ever. It is such a quotable movie. "Eat your checkers!" Check out the clip below.