Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Happy Halloween 2017

It's a Star Wars Halloween in my house today! Check out Princess Leia, Han Solo, Yoda and a little pug Ewok!

Monday, October 30, 2017

Lacy Does It

I wanted to wear this Alice + Olivia dress today as a subtle nod to the wedding I attended over the weekend. Yes, it's a little fancy for work, but how could I not wear such a exquisite piece of clothing? It's simple yet extremely elegant and feminine.

Clothes are supposed to make you feel beautiful, and this dress definitely accomplishes that goal!

Dress: Alice + Olivia Gracia Cap-Sleeve Lace Cocktail Dress

Shoes: Jimmy Choo Nude Tallow Sandals

I could almost see someone wearing this outfit to get married in a simple ceremony at City Hall. That is definitely not what happened this weekend, though. My colleague, Heidi, married Star 94 Jeff and Jenn Show producer J.P. Allen on Saturday night at Monday Night Brewing Company's new event space. The ceremony was supposed to take place outside, but it was pouring down rain on Saturday, so everything was moved inside.

The event space is really new -- so new that there was not actual pavement leading into the venue. Chapin had to CARRY me in so I would not ruin the Jimmy Choos I was wearing. He is a wonderful husband!

Here's a photo of us at the wedding. My hair got soaked, so it's a mess, but Chapin looks so handsome in his suit. I love the all-black look.

Chapin and Michele: 10.28.2017

Friday, October 27, 2017

Fall Floral

This Karen Millen dress boasts a bright floral pattern, but I think the color palette makes it perfect for a beautiful Fall day in Atlanta. The weather has been so gorgeous this week, with most days in the 60s or 70s. And the best part? Low humidity!

Dress: Karen Millen Floral Fit and Flare Dress

The dress is on sale now at Karen Millen (in stores and online). I'm wearing the US Size 4 for reference, though it's a little snug in the bust area.

The whole design is just really flattering, though -- especially those dainty cap sleeves. I've been using more five and eight-pound weights at the gym, but it's hard to tell any difference in my arms. I like how cap sleeves do show them off, though!

Shoes: Manolo Blahnik BB Pumps

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Sparkle and Shine

You're never too old for a little glitter or sparkle. I'm a true girly-girl, so I was of course drawn to this fun, flirty, yet still work appropriate black CeCe dress. The dress is reminiscent of designs from Kate Spade, but of course the CeCe brand is much, much cheaper. 

Dress: CeCe by Cynthia Steffe Sparkle Stripe Fit and Flare Dress

The dress is sold out online, but I did find a similar black CeCe dress in a sparkly tweed. It's available now at Nordstrom Rack. You can find the CeCe brand at major retailers like Macy's, Belk and Nordstrom if you're interested in seeing more from this line.

Shoes: Kate Spade New York Women's Aviana Pumps

If my dress sparkles, my shoes should, too! These Kate Spade pumps, which have a low heel, are adorned with rhinestone polka dots in bright primary colors. I thought they were the perfect complement to the dress.

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Make It Simple

Fashion shouldn't be complicated -- it should just follow one specific rule:

Wear what makes you feel good (confident, beautiful, sexy... insert any superlative here).

I definitely have a lot of fit and flare dresses in my closet, as many people often remark.

BUT... The "fit and flare" is my favorite silhouette, as it suits my frame, shows off my best assets, and doesn't require me to wear Spanx underneath.

Today's dress is probably a version of one I have worn before, but I liked the delicate print, with its combination of gold, beige and blue. Plus, I got a great deal on it.

Dress: French Connection Niko Fit and Flare Dress

I paid just $40 for the dress on Amazon, where it's still available in select sizes, though not at the very low price I paid. You can also find the dress at the following retailers:

The French Connection USA site is selling a different version of the dress: same print, more conservative design.

Shoes: Schutz Cadey-Lee Dress Sandals

I actually wore my blue Zara jacket over the dress as I walked into work this morning. It's been chilly here in Atlanta lately. The last summer of my 30s is definitely behind me. Sigh!

Monday, October 16, 2017

It Pays to Be Comfortable

Although I do everything I can over the weekend to get ready for the work week ahead, it never seems to be enough. I'm super busy and there aren't enough hours in the day. Argh!

I did have a nice weekend, though, getting my hair done on Saturday and meeting up with my dad on Sunday. He met me at Barnes and Noble in Norcross to help me pick out a new audio book for an upcoming work trip. Since my car is an older model -- meaning it won't play music or anything on my phone -- I am stuck (for now) with buying books on CD. 

I will be heading out tomorrow for a few meetings in Alabama, and without an audio book I would go crazy! I ended up with The Identicals, the newest Elin Hilderbrand novel. I love all her books, but they are pure escapism, all set on the beach in Nantucket. It's my dream to spend a long vacation there one day!

Today's dress is one I normally wear on the weekends or on very casual days. It's light and airy, but so comfortable to wear. Since I have so much work to do today, I wanted something that wasn't binding or high maintenance.

Dress: London Times Full Skirt Denim Dress (no longer available)

I've had this dress for over a year, so unfortunately it looks like it is sold out online. I originally bought it for my trip to Charleston last summer (2016), but have never worn it to work...until today! London Times is my go-to brand for cheap, casual summer dresses. I paid just $35 for this dress.

These wedges are super comfortable. I bought them for my recent trip to New York City, and walked around Central Park for hours in them without my feet hurting or getting blisters. If you need a cute, comfortable sandal with some height, I definitely recommend this style.

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Showing Skin

Today's dress is by the always fabulous Ted Baker London. While I have a lot of black dresses hanging in my closet, I thought this dress was a little different -- and a little daring. The color you see at the waist and the hem is actually skin (with no lining). It's sexy in a subtle way... my favorite way.

Ted Baker London dresses are expensive -- most will say too expensive -- so I will only purchase them on sale. I got this one for about 60% off at Nordstrom, but like most good sale items at Nordstrom, it sold out very quickly. You really have to keep an eye on the things you want. That's when your online bookmarks come in handy!

Outfit Details:

Dress: Ted Baker London Dayzey Fit & Flare Dress in Black

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

Monday, October 9, 2017

Dressing for Atlanta Humidity

I absolutely love living Atlanta -- except on high humidity days like today. Since it literally rained all day yesterday -- thank you, Nate! -- I probably should have expected the 80-degrees temperatures and out-of-control humidity levels that greeted me when I stepped outside this morning.

I still couldn't help but cry out: "But it's October!"

It feels more like the middle of  July.

On days like today, I like to dress more comfortably, but since I had interviews (to conduct) and meetings (to run) pretty much back-to-back at the office, I still needed to look my best.

Enter Karen Millen!

Outfit Details:

Dress: Karen Millen Ombré Blossom Sheath Dress (no longer available)

I absolutely adore this dress. It's form-fitting but still professional, and the detail at the waist makes me feel so skinny! The back of the dress has some lace detail, too.

Shoes: L.A.M.B. High Heeled Sandals

I've had these L.A.M.B. sandals for at least six or seven years. They are still in great condition -- and still fetch me a lot of compliments, mostly awe for how I so easily walk in them. ;) I often feel like Carrie Bradshaw, just running around town in my heels.

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

A Dress That Moves

Clothing with movement is often the most eye-catching. Whenever I walk in this organza CeCe dress, it's like I'm on a runway. As the fabric flows around and behind me, I feel beautiful. The right outfit can really fuel my confidence and help me believe in myself -- and I really need that right now.

The clothes you wear mean something. It shows you take pride in yourself, and that can inform everything else you do.

Dress: CeCe by Cynthia Steffe (no longer available)

Sandals: Jimmy Choo Hesper 85 Mirror Leather Sandals

Monday, October 2, 2017

Bold in Red

Despite working most of the weekend in an attempt to get ahead, I still feel overwhelmed with work. There just aren't enough hours in the day! I've been getting up at 4:45, but I think I'm going to start having to get up even earlier. Sleep? Who needs sleep?

I needed something easy and comfortable to wear today, so I grabbed this beautiful eyelet dress from one of my favorite designers, Alice + Olivia. This dress feels bold -- mainly via the smart choice of red -- yet still soft and feminine.

Dress: Alice +  Olivia Karen Eyelet Embroidered Party Dress

Shoes: Schutz Scalloped Lace-Cut Leather Sandals (no longer available)

It's windy here in Atlanta today! I love when the wind throws back my hair at the perfect angle. It's much cheaper than renting a wind machine. ;)