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 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!