Monday, September 17, 2018

Gauze and Eyelet

It's Monday, September 17, 2018, and fortunately, Hurricane Florence is behind us. Atlanta lucked out and got virtually no rain or wind from the storm, but of course many parts of North and South Carolina were flooded, suffered through high winds, or saw record rainfall. My heart is with all the victims and their families, and I'm planning to donate to the American Red Cross and The Humane Society to try to do my part to help.

I have a busy work week ahead of me, so I wanted to wear something today that was really comfortable. Today's dress, from Rebecca Taylor, is light and airy, most likely due to the combination of gauze and eyelet. I like that you can dress it up for work or dress it down to wear on the weekend.


Dress: Rebecca Taylor Mariana Gauze and Eyelet Dress

The dress is still available on the Rebecca Taylor website (and marked down), but there are only a few sizes left. I'm wearing a size four, but I probably could have gone with a size two; the dress must run a little big.

You can also find the dress on ShopBop in white, or on eBay!


Here is a similar dress from Rachel Pally that is on sale for under $100 at 6pm.com.

I just happened to get my nails done over the weekend -- both my fingernails and toenails are blue -- so it was a perfect day to wear this dress.

Shoes: Jimmy Choo Fearne Glitter Criss-Cross Wedges

I had a busy weekend, but definitely a fun one, as I attended the 40th birthday for a friend of mine from high school, and spent a lot of time with my sister, Laura, who is here for the time being after evacuating from Newport, North Carolina. Here are just a few pictures from the weekend:

My brave and strong sister, Laura, with her son, Cole, and my Norman.

Celebrating my friend, Lindsay, at her 40th birthday party.



Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Hidden Gems

I've had this dress in my closet for a few years at least, but never felt inclined to wear it... until today! I think maybe I thought it was too similar to this BCBGMaxAzria dress I featured on the blog back in 2015.


Dress: ABS Allen Schwartz Two Toned Bonded Ponte Dress

Shoes: Prada Black and White Striped Bow Pumps


I'm so distracted with everything going on with the weather. Hurricane Florence has caused my sister, Laura, to evacuate with her family from her home in North Carolina, and most likely we will see high winds and rain in Atlanta early next week. The power in our neighborhood goes out all the time, so I'm not looking forward to Florence's wrath. Hopefully it won't be as bad as the news is having us believe!

Monday, September 10, 2018

Silver Stalking

I stalked this dress at Dillard's for awhile before I bought it. First, it was not on sale, and then, my size sold out. Finally, they got my size back in stock just in time for another awesome Dillard's clearance sale. Hooray! 

I fell in love with this dress because it is just so beautiful. I love the array of orange and blue flowers, and the fluttery cap sleeves are so alluring. I matched my eye makeup to the dress for an extra hint of silver as well!


Dress: Eva Franco Floral Embroidered Puff Sleeve Dress

The dress is sold out now, but you can find other Eva Franco dresses at Amazon, Anthropologie, Bluefly Nordstrom Rack and, of course, Dillard's. Here is a similar style you can buy on the Eva Franco website as well.


Shoes: Jimmy Choo Atlas Patent Leather Crisscross Sandals (no longer available)

I'm coming off a very relaxing weekend, where I mostly ate, read and watched movies on Netflix. Sometimes you just need that kind of weekend.

My mom is out of town, so we had my dad over for lunch on Sunday. Here he is bonding with Norman, who came right over to him and plopped down in his lap. Our dogs love to be loved!


Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Anemone

I just love floral dresses, and this one is no exception. They are just so feminine and beautiful. Today's dress from Alice + Olivia reminds me of a big bouquet of anemone flowers.

Fall doesn't officially start until September 22nd, but I already feel like I'm running out of time to wear these light summer dresses. I will definitely miss summer, as I'm not a fan of cold weather.


Dress: Alice + Olivia Vandy Lace Mini Dress

You can find the dress at Saks and Harrods in limited sizing. I'm wearing a size four, but beware -- it's quite snug in the chest.


Shoes: Schutz Hara Heeled Sandals

Hopefully everyone had a fun and relaxing Labor Day weekend. We had a small dinner party on Sunday night, and I made Tiramisu for the first time ever. It came out tasting yummy, but I think next time I will try to soak the ladyfingers for a longer period of time. You just have to be careful, because these ladyfingers so easily disintegrate!


Chapin basically spent most of Sunday in the kitchen, and the meal was amazing. He made Tomato Salad, Spinach Fettuccine, and Chicken and Eggplant Parmigiana. (We had two vegetarians in our midst.) Isn't he the cutest?

Thursday, August 30, 2018

Drama

Wearing something dramatic isn't something you need to always save for a special occasion. Adding a little drama to your everyday wardrobe can help boost your self-esteem and leave you feeling confident and beautiful.

Today's dress is full of drama -- but in a good way! The one "cold" shoulder, the ruffles, the design... It's an amazing dress. I got so many compliments on it!


Dress: Alice + Olivia Cold-Shoulder Red, White and Blue Striped Dress

The dress is definitely one to wear in summer, especially with the red, white and blue color scheme, so that's why it's making an appearance today. I wanted to feature it on the blog before Labor Day -- the unofficial start of the Fall season.


Shoes: Jimmy Choo Metallic Blue Point Toe Pumps

Lips: Too Faced Tutti Frutti Juicy Fruits Comfort Lip Glaze in Show Me Your Coconuts

I love this new lip gloss from Too Faced. This shade is a warm taupe with gold sparkle -- and it's just fabulous. Buy it now at Ulta.

I'm looking forward to a fairly quiet long weekend, though I will be attempting to make Tiramisu for the first time. I'm excited to try it, but I know it will be a lot of work.

Remember -- there are tons of sales going on all weekend long, so spend wisely.

Happy Shopping!

Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Juicy

This melon-colored sheath dress from Black Halo is the epitome of perfect work wear: bright, flattering, professional and chic!


Dress: Black Halo McGowen Sleeveless V-Neck Sheath Dress

Find the dress at Neiman Marcus, BlackHalo.com and Amazon. I think I'm between sizes in Black Halo, so I usually order a size up. I don't like dresses that are too tight on my hips.

It's hard to see in the photo, but this dress has some really nice lines that help flatter a woman's body, and the neckline is not only unique, but helps show off the shoulders.

Black Halo dresses are usually expensive -- upwards of $300 -- so I always wait for a sale to buy one. But you can see why these dresses retail for a higher price; the design and the quality of the work and materials are very apparent when you put one on.

Shoes: Jimmy Choo Max 120 Multicolor Suede & Metallic Leather Ankle-Strap Platform Sandals

I love these brightly colored shoes, and they match perfectly with the dress.

Labor Day is so close, and many retailers are starting their Labor Day sales early. It's a great time of year to shop and stock up for next summer. I can't wait!

Happy Shopping!


Monday, August 27, 2018

Razzle Dazzle

I came really close to returning this dress. While it looked great online, in person, I thought the sparkle was a little too much, the sleeves a little too fluttery, the overall look too "Ice Capades" for the office.


But then I tried it on, and I ended up liking the overall look, so... here I am!

Outfit Details:

Dress: Eva Franco Sequin Wrap Dress

I only paid around $40 for the dress (original price: $188), so that's part of the reason I decided just to keep it, wear it, and see what happened.

What do you think of this dress? I'd love to read some comments.

As I was walking into work, someone from the street yelled, "I like that dress!" So that was a somewhat nice, if demeaning, reiteration that I made the right decision in keeping it.


Sandals: Jimmy Choo Memento Tizzy Textured Leather Sandals

It's hard to believe this week marks the unofficial end of summer, with Labor Day (and Fall) looming. Pumpkin Spice Lattes will be back at Starbucks tomorrow, and I'm already seeing acorns on the ground. How did summer go by so fast?!

Thursday, August 23, 2018

Party Dress or Work Dress?

This Alice + Olivia dress is billed as a "party dress," but I think it works for daytime events, too. It might be a little fancy for the office, but... that's never stopped me before. I love dressing up, and if I don't wear my fancier dresses to work, I'll probably never wear them at all.


Outfit Details:

Dress: Alice + Olivia Joyce Fit and Flare Dress

The dress has a very simple silhouette -- just a typical fit and flare -- but the detailed work on the entire dress is amazing. I love all the colors, too, making it easy to wear in any season.

I've owned this dress for at least a year, but I was "waiting for the right day" to wear it. Well, this blog is all about making every single day special through fashion, so here I am wearing it on just a boring old Thursday. After all, I am the "everyday" fashionista, right? ;)


Find the dress at the following online retailers:
It really is a beautiful dress.

Shoes: Jimmy Choo Fearne Glitter Criss-Cross Wedges (no longer available)

I chose to wear wedges instead of strappy sandals to dress the overall look down just a little. The wedge is definitely a more casual shoe -- even one from Jimmy Choo.

Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Comfortable Dress-Up

Sometimes you just need a dress that you can feel comfortable in, one that doesn't require Spanx or a strapless bra or is so binding you can't breathe! Today's dress is just easy, and I can really appreciate that on a busy Tuesday!


Outfit Details:

DressAdrianna Papell V-Neck Striped Lace Fit & Flare Dress

I bought the dress for just $28 during a recent Dillard's Clearance Sale, which is the best time to shop that online store. There seems to be one every few months, so keep an eye out. You can score some great items at really low prices.

This brand seems to run a little big, so I'm wearing a size two for reference.

You can still find the dress online. It's now $40 at Dillards! You can also buy the dress on Amazon (various prices according to size).


Sandals: Kate Spade New York Idelle Ankle Strap Dress Sandals

These sandals are really comfortable, especially since they have a wide heel, and you can still find them on Amazon in select sizes only.

Today is my second day in a row wearing Kate Spade sandals. Has your view of the brand changed since the original founder, Kate Spade herself, committed suicide earlier this year? I think I just feel a little sad...

Monday, August 20, 2018

Day Dress or Wedding Dress?

When you wear a white or ivory dress, you run the risk of feeling as if you're headed for the chapel instead of to the office, brunch, dinner or out on the town. Fortunately, I'm willing to take the risk in a dress as beautiful as this one from Shoshanna.


Outfit Details:

Dress: Shoshanna Giana Lace Applique Keyhole Ruffle Dress

The dress is super comfortable, and I got compliments on it all day long! I love the high neckline and ruffles, and since it's made entirely from lace, it is so feminine yet still so sexy.

Shoes: Kate Spade New York Fresia Patent Platform Sandals (no longer available)


I haven't worn these Kate Spade sandals in quite a while, but I love how the ivory in the sandals goes perfectly with the ivory of the dress. You could also do a gold or nude colored sandal here as well.

Weekend Update

Chapin and I needed a nice relaxing weekend together, and that's exactly what we had. We barely left the house, but did venture out to dinner on Saturday night to one of our favorite seafood restaurants: Goin' Coastal. Afterward, we stopped for some sweet treats at Paolo's Gelato. We first went to this little gelato place in the Highlands during our first year of dating back in 2000. I can't believe that was 18 years ago! We will celebrate our 15th wedding anniversary later this year.

We don't go to the Highlands very often since we moved to West Midtown -- we used to take George there for doggie gelato all the time -- so now, when we're there, I just feel awash in memories. I wish time didn't have to move so fast.


Speaking of time, we bought the new Avengers movie over the weekend (Avengers: Infinity War), and I'm now obsessed with trying to figure out the plot of the sequel, due out in May 2019. I know time travel will factor into the story somehow... It will be torture waiting eight more months to see how my Guardians (and other favorite heroes) come back from the dead.

Outfit Details - Saturday Night:

Dress: Nicole Miller New York Red Lace Fit and Flare Dress

The dress retails for $228, but I bought it for just $45 at Belk (online).

Shoes: Jimmy Choo Hesper Strappy Sandals

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

All the Stars

If you love dresses with cutesy prints, Draper James can deliver! The Reese Witherspoon brand, known for catering to Southern women, is more charming than chic, with many items feeling like they would be equally at home on a little girl as opposed to an adult woman. I still like many of the pieces, though, like this fit and flare stars dress that came out right in time for July Fourth.


Outfit Details

Dress: Draper James Oh My Stars Fit and Flare Dress

I bought the dress during a recent Dillard's clearance sale for under $50 (retail price: $135), so I missed wearing it around the Fourth, but I think the stars pattern is one that can still work all summer long.

The stars boast a seersucker print that is not that apparent in the photos, which is why I'm wearing my light blue Schutz sandals to match. Hey, if you're going to go cutesy, you might as well go matchy-matchy, too.

Find the dress (in limited sizing) on the Draper James website, and it's also still available at Dillards.com for just $47.25. If you can, try the dress on to find your best size. I'm wearing a size two, which feels too big in the waist and too tight in the bust. Oh well.

SandalsSchutz Cadey-Lee High Heel Dress Sandals

Monday, August 13, 2018

Looking for Valentino

I can't tell you how long I have wanted a pair of Valentine Rockstud pumps, and I finally have them! I was so excited to slip them on this morning. 


Dress: Alice and Olivia Leslie Floral Tie-Neck Silk Dress

Shoes: Valentino Rockstud Crisscross d'Orsay Pumps in Gold

I really love pairing the hard with the soft, so that's why I love these pumps so much with this feminine, floral dress.


The shoes are no longer available, but try eBay! You can also get the more traditional Rockstud design in gold at Bergdorf Goodman, or try this ankle strap pair at Neiman Marcus.

Weekend Update

Chapin and I had a busy weekend!

The weekend started off on a great note, as I placed second in my age group in the Vinings Downhill 5K. It was my first time running the race, and though it was NOT all downhill -- there were actually quite a few hills -- it was still a lot of fun.

My time was just over 23 minutes, so I'm proud of myself for pushing so hard. I normally don't run that fast.

Here are a few photos from the event. I love seeing the ones that make it look as if I'm flying.



We also saw some lovely friends for lunch at Muss and Turner's. We love seeing our dear friend, Laura, and her family anytime they come to Atlanta.

Photo by A.J. Gallitz

Thursday, August 9, 2018

What Meghan Wore

I was super excited about this dress when I bought it, because it's a comfortable, easy summer dress that looks great on. I was even more excited when Meghan Markle wore it! It seems the new duchess and I have similar taste in clothes, as the Duchess of Sussex donned this exact same dress when she attended a polo match with Prince Harry earlier this summer. While Meghan paired her dress with flat sandals and a hat, I'm rocking some major platform sandals that add several inches to my frame. 


Outfit Details:

DressShoshanna Ashland Sleeveless Belted Gingham Eyelet Dress (sold out)

I bought the dress for just $99 at Lord & Taylor (retail price: $395), but since Meghan Markle wore it, it's been sold out everywhere. The Meghan Markle effect strikes again!


Shoes: Stuart Weitzman Strutting Platform Sandals

Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Let Down Your Hair

Today's dress is called the Rapunzel dress, so of course I can't help thinking of that classic fairy tale line, "Rapunzel, Rapunzel, Let Down Your Hair!" Rapunzel was never one of my favorite stories, but it does have one important lesson for women today: Never underestimate the importance of strong, healthy hair. (Ha ha!)

I'm in a bit of a silly mood today because I am so tired! I haven't been sleeping well the past few nights (for some unknown reason). I probably won't sleep well tonight, either, because our entire neighborhood has no power, which means no air conditioning. Ugh. I already turn the air down below 70 to sleep, so not having any air on at all is going to be torture.


Outfit Details:

Dress: Alice and Olivia Rapunzel Floral Print Dress (sold out)

I normally don't really like the way I look in dresses that are so fitted at the hips, but I loved the print so much that I had to buy it when it went on sale! (I got a great deal, too.)

You can buy the dress in white (with black trim), as well as a beautiful embellished version, at Neiman Marcus. I also love this icy blue lace version on the Alice and Olivia website. Whatever print or shade you choose, just remember to try it on first or error on the side of caution and go up one dress size when ordering. I found that because the dress was so tight through the hips, I had to go up a size, as that's where I carry a lot of my extra weight.


Shoes: Jimmy Choo Baxen Chain Fabric Peep-Toe Wedge Pumps

Monday, August 6, 2018

Summer Flowers

You can't go wrong in a floral dress, especially one as beautiful as this design from the Nicole Miller New York brand. Although I have a similar Nicole Miller dress in black, I couldn't resist this white summer version -- especially when it was on clearance at Belk. (Sadly, the Phipps Plaza Belk store has now closed for good.)


Outfit Details:

Dress: Nicole Miller New York Floral Sheath Dress

The dress is available at Belk (online), Neiman Marcus Last Call and Amazon. I recommend ordering your normal size. I'm wearing a size two here, only because it was the only size left at the Belk store I visited. (I'd normally be a size four.) The dress is actually a little snug on me. Thank goodness for Spanx!

Sandals: SJP by Sarah Jessica Parker

I have worn these heels so much that I might have to retire them soon. The heels are just so worn down! I love the bold coral color, and I guess I have a lot of coral/peach tones in my wardrobe, because I wore them so much more than I ever thought I would. I'm going to have to go on a hunt for sandals in a similar color. If you have any suggestions, let me know!

Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Jennifer Aniston's Guide to Aging Gracefully

I recently came across The Bounty Hunter, the 2010 film starring Jennifer Aniston and Gerard Butler, and after some quick research, realized I'm about the same age now as Ms. Aniston was during filming. Although her everyday fashion trends veer more toward California casual, Ms. Aniston has become my style guru (of sorts). I love how she mixes high-end and low-end pieces -- check her out in Dr. Scholl's sandals -- and I have always admired her red carpet style and dedication to staying fit and trim.

So it got me thinking... Does Jennifer Aniston know the secret to aging gracefully? After all, she looks about the same now as she did almost a decade ago! Here are some things I've picked up just taking note of her fashion trends and other choices.


Plastic surgery should be subtle.
While some celebrities look like a piece of molded plastic, Ms. Aniston, who most likely has had some work done (Botox? Laser Treatments?), looks more natural. She has wrinkles on her forehead and her face moves when she talks, but she still looks beautiful... and human.

Eat healthy -- but still indulge every once in awhile.
Being on a perpetual diet isn't fun, so you have to give in to your cravings. In interviews I've read with Ms. Aniston, she has admitted to being a big fan of Mexican food, not exactly low-fat food fare, and having the occasional cheat day. I try to follow that same philosophy, and have a "cheat meal" once or twice a week. It usually involves an abundance of sushi or chips, salsa and guacamole.

Regularly exercise.
Change it up, try different workouts, even different times of day, but do what you have to do to stay in shape. Ms. Aniston likes yoga and other activities. I run, lift weights and use the elliptical machine at a very high resistance. You have to get your heart rate up if you are going to burn calories. I stick with an exercise routine that works for me, going strong six days a week, and taking Sundays off.

Tanning is not an option.
Ms. Aniston always looks tan, and she has admitted to loving spending time in the sun. While I don't think that's the best way to look young -- the sun will age you faster than a pack of cigarettes -- she is somehow pulling it off. If I look tan right now, it's only by accident, via walks with my boys and from running outside on the weekends. I rarely go to the pool in my neighborhood, and always have a hat on to shield my face from the sun when I'm outdoors. Still, a tan, whether natural or bought in a salon, helps create that rosy, youthful glow.

Wear black.
Ms. Aniston is known for favoring black -- and there's nothing wrong with that. You don't have to automatically be going to a funeral (or feel like you are) if you step into a black dress. Black is slimming, it's easy to dress up or dress down, and it works on just about every skin tone. Yep, there is nothing wrong with wearing black.

Outfit Details

Today, I'm following Ms. Aniston's example and wearing black to the office, in a dress that I bought for just $39 on Amazon!

Dress: Trina Trina Turk Pernilla Perforated Scuba Dress

There are only select sizes still available -- I'm wearing a size two for reference -- and the price is now higher, but it's still an amazing dress. Remember, when it comes to Amazon, you have to know when to buy to get the best deal.

Shoes: Alexandre Birman Lolita Striped Sandals

I chose to wear these multi-color sandals to add a pop (actually, several pops) of color to today's all-black outfit. It's my first pair of shoes from the Alexandre Birman brand, and so far, I'm in love!


So, fair readers, what are your tips for aging gracefully? I need all the help I can get if I want to follow in Ms. Aniston's footsteps...

Thursday, July 26, 2018

London Calling

Today's outfit has inspired "London Calling," by The Clash, to play over and over in my head, as I wore the dress in London when Chapin and I went to see Harry Potter and the Cursed Child



Dress: Milly One Shoulder Anna Dress

I think this dress is so versatile, perfect for parties, cookouts or other daytime events, and the design is extremely flattering. The waist has an elastic band, for example! I also love the juxtaposition of such a manly print (pinstripes!) with the feminine one-shoulder silhouette.


I got this dress for a steal during an Atlanta boutique's going out of business sale, but you can still find it on Amazon.

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

Tuesday, July 24, 2018

It's All an Illusion

Details like an illusion neckline always seem to be in style. In fact, I wore one to my senior year Homecoming dance in the Fall of 1995! Was that really almost 23 years ago?!

Today's dress, from Trina Turk, is a sweet little LBD that can work for day or night. Since I'm wearing it to the office, I dressed it down with ankle booties, but you could easily dress it up with strappy sandals and some bling.

I am a big fan of Trina Turk, but this dress wasn't completely in line with other dresses from the brand, and the first time I tried it on, I didn't love it. There's a lot of material at the hips due to the deep pockets, so it threatens to make you seem bottom heavy and hippy. I think maybe I had the wrong size, though. Size down here -- I'm wearing a size two -- and hopefully you won't have that problem.


Dress: Trina Turk Andy Dress in Black

I ended up buying the dress when it was marked down at Belk during the Phipps Plaza store closing. I think the store is open until the end of July, so hurry if you plan to go one last time. I will miss that store so much, not just because of the great sales, but because it was so much fun going with my Mom (and sometimes my Dad, too)! The last time I went, there wasn't much left, so I doubt I will go again. I'm glad I can at least still shop Belk online.

Similar Style:

This Maggy London dress on Amazon also has an illusion neckline if you like that style, but want something a little more formal. It's longer than the Trina Turk dress as well.

Shoes: Prada Leather Cutout Ankle Booties (no longer available)

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

End of an Era

It's a bittersweet day. We closed on our loft today, finally letting it go after owning it for 16 years. I know it was time, but I can't help feeling sad. It was our home for 11 of those years. We weren't even married when we bought it back in 2002. I was 24 years old, and buying the loft made both me and Chapin homeowners for the first time in our lives.

The first week, before we even moved in, we painted. Chapin and his dad did the hard part (the ceiling), but I helped after work and on the weekend. We had to bring in light, because we had no light fixtures yet, and it would get so dark we could barely see.

Later, we added hardwood floors and brought in new kitchen appliances. Chapin painted the column silver. He updated the bathroom floor.

There were so many good times. We had our rehearsal dinner there, and after our wedding Chapin hung my dress from the ceiling for months until I had the dress professionally stored.

A Photo from the Rehearsal Dinner at the Loft: October 31, 2003.

I threw Chapin a surprise party for his 30th party there. I hosted a bridal shower for my friend, Erin; bachelorette party for my friend, Katie; numerous parties and get togethers over the years.

We brought George home to the loft, and Izzie as well.  I got my MBA while we lived in the loft, and I remember being home alone, trying to study but procrastinating. I baked a batch of chocolate chip cookies, and danced with George and Izzie as we watched Enchanted.

I knew it would be a tough day for me, so I decided to wear something pretty to make myself feel better. Enter this Shoshanna floral dress!


Dress: Shoshanna Basilica Dress

The dress is still available for purchase on the Shoshanna website, Amazon and Saks.

Shoes: Jimmy Choo Fearne Glitter Criss-Cross Wedges

I know nothing can last forever, and that I have so many wonderful memories from the loft. I just hope the new owner appreciates it, and makes it a true home in this busy, hot, crowded city. It was not just a place to live for us -- it was a haven, and I will miss it.

Thursday, July 12, 2018

Electric Blue

This French Connection dress is one I picked up at Belk during its store closing sale at Phipps Plaza, so I got it at a huge discount. I didn't love the dress when I first tried it on, but the color and the way it hugs my body are really flattering, so it's growing on me.


The dress is very tight fitting, and the material is not forgiving, so I have a few tips for wearing it:

First, make sure your strapless bra is seamless. If it has any sort of special design, it most likely will show through the crepe material.

Second, even though the dress has a fit and flare design, wear Spanx underneath, preferably a version that goes up below your breasts. You don't want any lines or lumps showing at your waist.

Outfit Details:

Dress: French Connection Rose Mesh-Inset Crepe Fit and Flare Dress

The exact dress and a few other variations are available now at Amazon, and you don't have to pay full retail price. This dress in a beautiful magenta is on sale at Amazon for just $26, for example. (For reference, I'm wearing the Cobalt color in a size four.)


You can also find the dress in red, magenta, white and black on the French Connection website. There is also a sleeveless version.

This sleeveless version is also available in white only on Bloomingdales.com.

Shoes: Jimmy Choo Nude Tallow Sandals

Somehow, we're already midway through July, and I feel like the summer is just flying by so fast. I'm trying to enjoy it while I can, though I'm working more than ever. I'll leave you with the song that inspired the name of my post today: the 1987 hit, Electric Blue.

Monday, July 9, 2018

Polka Perfect

July is my favorite time to shop. The sales during the beginning half of the month are the best of the year. For example, I recently bought a pair of Christian Loubouin shoes for just $350. That's a steal if you know fashion.

So, it's no surprise that my husband is not happy with me of late. Will men ever understand the allure of a new dress, pair of shoes or handbag? I think not! There is a reason the #sorrynotsorry hashtag was invented! ;)

Today's dress is one I scored in a recent sale on the Alice + Olivia website. I adore everything about this dress, from the flutter sleeves to the polka dot print, so I just had to have it. 


I was worried it would not fit -- I'm wearing a size four for reference -- but I think I have lost the extra pounds I put on during our trip to Europe in May, so it's a little snug, but fits fine.

Dress: Alice + Olivia Farah Polka Dot Flutter Sleeve Dress

The dress is no longer on the Alice + Olivia site, but you can find it at a few other retailers, including Neiman Marcus (in blue/white polka dots) and Saks. (If you're wondering where I scored those discounted Louboutins, it was Saks. It's my favorite place to be in July.)


Shoes: Sophia Webster Mika Polka Dot Leather Pumps (no longer available)

A Piece of Nostalgia...
Am I the only one who thinks about the movie Big Business, starring Bette Midler and Lily Tomlin, whenever I wear black and white polka dots? My sisters and I loved (still love) this 80s movie, and can quote pretty much every line.