Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Ali & Jay

Amazon is going to rule the world one day. The company seems to have its hands in every industry -- even fashion. Today's dress is from the Amazon brand, Ali & Jay, and was purchased for just $30.

Outfit Details

Dress: Ali & Jay Sleeveless Striped Midi Dress

When it comes to summer dresses, I'm all about ease. I want to put on a dress, no ironing required, and have the flexibility to wear it with any type of shoe (flats, sandals, etc.). This dress hits all the right notes...  and it's super cute, too.

Sizing advice: I've never bought anything from the Ali & Jay brand, so I wanted to pass on some sizing information. In my opinion, the dress runs true to size. I got an Extra Small, but probably would have been fine in a Small, too. The top stretches and the material flows easily over the hips, so either way, you should be fine. But I would order your normal size.

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

The neutral color scheme of the dress, with black, ivory and beige stripes, means it will work with black, nude or even white or ivory shoes. I had my pick of shoes to wear with this dress today, but I liked these Prada platform sandals best. They help 'dress' up the look, while wearing flats may have made it too casual. I can definitely see myself wearing this dress not only to work, but for weekend outings, too.

If you like this design, it's also available as a wide-legged jumpsuit. You can shop all items from the Ali & Jay brand on Amazon's website.

Monday, June 10, 2019

Plum Idea

You know you're getting old when you stay out too late -- just by a few hours -- and it takes DAYS to recover. I didn't go to bed until past midnight on Saturday night, as I was attending the Man and Woman of the Year Gala with a colleague. The next day... I suffered. Today, I'm still looking tired. Getting old really is the worst!

Outfit Details

I wanted to wear a dress today that would help wake me up, and the purple color of this Parker dress has so much pizzazz!

Dress: Parker New York Renata Knit A-Line Dress in Deep Plum

I love the ruffles at the shoulders and hem. The dress is feminine but still stylish.

Shoes: SJP by Sarah Jessica Parker Strut Dress Sandals in Black Glitter

Here are a few photos from the gala on Saturday night. It was a great event, with almost $2.4 million raised to support the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS). I even won a silent auction bid for a bag of pet goodies! The event was black tie, so it was fun to get dressed up. I chose an Alice + Olivia dress -- the Alice and Olivia McKee Mock-Neck Tiered Printed Satin Maxi Dress -- for the occasion.

Wednesday, June 5, 2019

Teal Time

I love my colorful dresses, and this gorgeous teal dress from Alice + Olivia is certainly eye-catching. Although the fit and flare silhouette is not new to my closet, I definitely don't have anything in such a bold paisley print. How could I resist? (Clearly -- I couldn't!)

Outfit Details

DressAlice and Olivia Stasia Teal Paisley Fit & Flare Dress

Shoes: Alexandre Birman Lolita Striped Sandals (no longer available)

Monday, June 3, 2019


Mondays always come too soon! I'm coming off a very relaxing weekend. Chapin and I had zero social obligations, and thus managed to get in some good quality time together, eating dinner at Miller Union on Saturday night, watching You'll Always Be My Maybe and snacking on chicken nachos and margaritas/beer on Sunday at our favorite Mexican restaurant, Zama. The Paradise Margarita is my favorite drink -- it tastes so much like a piƱa colada. Yum!

Outfit Details:

This BCBGMaxAzria dress is perfect for summer. It's light and airy and in a beautiful blue color. I love the neckline and flutter sleeves, and it's super flattering.

Dress: BCBGMaxAzria Divine Bloom Ruffled Chiffon Dress

Find the dress online at the following retailers:

I'm wearing a size 2 for reference.

Shoes: Schutz Hara Heeled Sandals

With Chapin at Zama Mexican Cuisine & Margarita Bar on Sunday.

Friday, May 31, 2019

Summer LBD

It has been such a busy week -- a busy month, actually -- but things should start to wind down a little as summer approaches. The weather has been hovering around 95 for weeks now, so it actually feels like summer already in Atlanta, but technically it's still spring.

This dress is one I've had in my closet a few months. I'm not sure why I haven't worn it yet, but today... out it came. It's a very sweet and feminine dress from one of my favorite designers: Trina Turk.

Outfit Details:

Dress: Trina Turk Aliena Mock Neck Lace Dress

The top part of the dress is definitely what makes this LBD stand out. I especially love the lace collar and yoke and the little flutter sleeves.

Shoes: Prada Patent Leather Cap-Toe Pumps in Nude and Black

Chapin bought me these shoes for Christmas. They are so cute, with tiny bows that add to the overall femininity of this look.


It's been so much fun to discover a new passion later in life: running! I don't think I started really taking running seriously until my late 30s. I wanted to run the Peachtree Road Race back in 2013 and started training... and it just took off from there.

I started out this week, Monday (Memorial Day), running in the Urban Tree Cidery 5K. I came in second in the Masters Group -- females 40+. I can't compete with those fast runners who do a mile in five or six minutes, but I'm not slow.

Here are a few photos from the run! Boy, was it hot!

Monday, May 20, 2019

Hawaiian Dreams

It doesn't feel like today should be a Monday. I need one more Sunday! At least the upcoming weekend will be a long one. We are not traveling this Memorial Day, so I'm looking forward to relaxing poolside with a good book. We also have a few activities planned, including dinner with friends and (for me) a 5K run on Monday morning!

Plus, Memorial Day is a great time to shop! So many sales... so little time. I can't wait.

Today I'm wearing a dress that was a birthday gift from my parents, one that my mom and Aunt Annamarie picked out for me together. I love the wild flowers against the navy background; it reminds me of Hawaii at night.

Outfit Details:

Dress: Vince Camuto Cap Sleeve Floral Print Fit and Flare Dress

The dress is simple but very flattering, and made from scuba material that makes it easy to wear and maintain. There will be no need to iron this dress!

ShoesSJP by Sarah Jessica Parker Buckingham Satin Ankle-Tie Sandals

I almost wore pink shoes, but decided to play up the blue in the background instead with these SJP sandals. My earrings are also blue.

Monday, May 13, 2019

Mocha Monday

I feel like the past few weeks have been a whirlwind of activity, so I spent this past weekend relaxing, sleeping and cuddling with my fur babies. It was Mother's Day on Sunday, after all, so I'm glad I had a chance to spend so much time with Norman and Wally. (I have it so easy compared to all those hard working moms of human children, though. As Wayne and Garth would say... "I'm not worthy!" I'm not worthy!")

Today's dress is one I chose mainly because I didn't have to iron it. As I'm normally rushing to get out the door in the morning, the less I need to do to an item of clothing, the better! The dress is also made of a knit material, a little heavy to wear when it's in the 80s (or hotter) out. But I guess the rain Atlanta received over the weekend cooled things off, and today's high was only 74 degrees, making the dress a great choice for this busy Monday.

I normally like dresses with pops of color, but I really liked the design on this Parker New York dress, and it almost perfect matches the design on the heels of my Kate Spade shoes! I decided the pop of color, then, should come from my lips, so I'm wearing a vibrant hot pink color.

Outfit Details

DressParker New York Grant Knit Fit and Flare Dress in Mocha (no longer available)

Shoes:  Kate Spade New York Idelle Ankle Strap Dress Sandals

Thursday, May 9, 2019

Something Special for My Birthday

I have to apologize for not updating my blog lately. I've just been so busy working, traveling, running... it's been a crazy few weeks.

Here are a few highlights:
  • Chapin and I spent a long weekend in Phoenix over Easter weekend. Local Marketing, Inc. may be opening up a second office there in the near future. Chapin and I had fun exploring the terrain -- yes, we even did a mini-hike in Papago Park -- and attending a lavish birthday party for my business partner's niece. It was so much fun!
  • At the end of April, I ran the Lauren's Run 5K and earned a gold medal (for the 40-49 age group). It was sixth year running this 5K -- and my first gold for this particular race! It's a tough course, with almost the entire second mile going uphill. Sheesh!
  • If I look a little tan, it's because Chapin and I just got back from a trip to the Turks & Caicos. We went for a wedding, but made a vacation out of it, and had so much fun!
And, of course, today is my birthday. 41 years old! I still can't believe I'm in my 40s.

Outfit Details:

Dress: Badgley Mischka Floral Pleated Cocktail Dress

I love everything about this dress, so I wanted to wear it on my birthday. I adore the neckline and cap sleeves, and the print is even prettier in person, tinged with gold and in a beautiful blue color. It's the perfect dress for a May spring day! It even has pockets.

Shoes: Jimmy Choo Baxen Glitter Peep-Toe Gold Wedge Pumps in Gold

Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Color Matters

Some people shy away from color, but I love wearing dresses with bold prints -- and colors to match. This Donna Ricco dress featuring purple and metallic flowers is easy to wear and will work on so many body types. You can't go wrong with a fit and flare dress. Plus, I got such a good deal on RueLaLa.com!

Outfit Details

Dress: Donna Ricco Metallic Floral Fit and Flare Dress (no longer available)

I deliberately did not wear a lot of accessories so the dress could take center stage. I also chose a pair of sandals that had a bit of sparkle to them. It helps bring out the subtle silver metallic threads in the fabric.

ShoesSJP by Sarah Jessica Parker Giddy Dress Sandals

Monday, April 15, 2019

Same But Different

Every once in a while, I will love a dress so much that I will get it in multiple iterations. Enter today's fantastic creation from Alice + Olivia.

I have a floral version of this dress, but I could not resist this elegant lace version featuring a velvet collar and tiered lace skirt. Isn't it beautiful? It's feminine, chic and totally me.

Dress: Alice + Olivia Ellis Lace Dress

I know it's a bit fancy for work, but I just wanted to wear it today! Soon, it will be too late in the season for velvet, anyway.

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

Wednesday, April 10, 2019

A Little Sunshine

If you're looking for a delicate, feminine look -- whether it's for work, brunch or a night out -- a lace dress is always a good option. I was drawn to this Trina Turk creation for a few reasons, but the yellow floral lace design tops the list.

Dress: Trina Trina Turk Arroyo Lace Dress

Find the dress at Amazon or Nordstrom Rack. The dress runs large, so I recommend you size down. I'm wearing a size two -- and it's too big on me!

Shoes: Jimmy Choo Lancer 85 Strappy Patent Leather Pumps in Nude

If you're looking to invest in a new pair of shoes, I highly recommend nude pumps or sandals. They go with everything and really help elongate the legs.

What is your go-to shoe? Leave a note in the comments!

Monday, April 8, 2019


It's Monday and it's raining -- so of course I can't help thinking of that song, "Rainy Days and Mondays," by The Carpenters. I was actually introduced to this song via The X-Files. I have discovered so many great songs, new and old, from television and movies. I even have a whole playlist of 70s hits on Amazon Music that was inspired by Guardians of the Galaxy.

Where do you find sources of great music? Leave a comment and let me know.

Outfit Details

DressShoshanna Monticello Sleeveless Floral Lace Dress

Today I'm in a Shoshanna sheath dress featuring vibrant blue hues and a high neck. I think this combination really works with my coloring and frame.

ShoesLoeffler Randall Piper Wedge Scallop Sandals

I couldn't decide on a shoe for today's outfit, but I think these wedges actually enhance the colors in the floral lace pattern. The shoes don't match exactly, but that's fine; you don't want to get too matchy-matchy with accessories anyway (although I am guilty of doing that on a regular basis).

Pop Culture Update

It's been awhile since I updated my readers, all twelve of you, on what I'm reading and watching these days. Here's a quick rundown:

This past weekend, my mom and I went to see Rodgers and Hammerstein's Cinderella at The Fox Theatre in Atlanta. What a fun show. From the costumes to the music to the performances, I enjoyed every minute. I highly recommend you see it if it's coming to your town.

On Netflix, Chapin and I just finished Russian Doll. I think I enjoyed the show more than Chapin, but I love anything with time travel, and a day repeating over and over definitely has that sci-fi element. I would describe the show as a modern Groundhog Day with a morbid twist. Verdict: Recommend!

I just finished two amazing books that I definitely think you should pick up:

The Beekeeper's Promise by Fiona Valpy: I don't normally like historical fiction, but this novel weaves between two women, one in World War II-era France and one in modern day France, and just pulls you in. You may cry, but I promise you'll love the story.

Unmarriageable by Soniah Kamal: I actually met the author, who lives in Atlanta, at a signing back in February. If you like Pride and Prejudice, you will love this modern retelling set in Pakistan.

Oh, and the reason I'm always reading two books at once: I read one on my Kindle while I'm on the elliptical and one in hardback before I go to sleep at night. It's my way of unplugging.

Wednesday, April 3, 2019

In the Spring of Things

It's starting to feel like Spring... finally! I'm celebrating the season in this floral dress from Ted Baker. I don't love all the pollen, but it's amazing to see all the trees and plants bursting into life. Spring is certainly a wondrous time of year.

Dress: Ted Baker London Daissie Floral Skater Dress

Buy it now at Amazon!

Shoes: Manolo Blahnik Didin Wrap-Around Leather Sandals

Monday, April 1, 2019

Seasons Change

Where did Spring go? Georgia always seems to be switching between two seasons. Saturday I was in short and today I'm back in Winter attire.

Today's dress, from Kate Spade New York, is in a beautiful navy shade and features a velvet bow at the waist. It would be the perfect dress to wear around the holidays. But since I just bought it -- for a great deal, of course! -- today will have to do. At least the weather is cooperating, as this dress definitely is more Winter than Spring.

As my husband said this morning, though: "I'm ready for it to be warm!" I agree!

Dress: Kate Spade New York Velvet Bow Fit and Flare Dress

I love the dress, and it even has pockets, but the darts at the bust are a little too defined for my taste. I adore the feminine details, though; in addition to the bow, the ruffles around the edges are just adorable.

Shoes: SJP by Sarah Jessica Parker Buckingham Satin Ankle-Tie Sandals

In other news, I am excited to report that I earned a first place award this past weekend in the Topgolf 5K Run -- it's my first! I placed fourth out of all female runners, and was first in my age group. I also took the top honor in the Overall Masters Female category. (I guess "master" is a nice way of saying you're old!) My time was 22 minutes, 44 seconds, with an average page of 7:21 per mile. I don't normally go that fast, but I pushed myself -- and it paid off!

Wednesday, March 27, 2019

Wardrobe Fun

Today's dress is one I would describe as casual, fun... and a little flirty. What I love most about this dress is the combination of colors. I love how all these different hues -- blues, pinks and even some silver and gold -- match up perfectly with a day in March that's a little bit cool, a little bit warm, and definitely beautiful.

Dress: Parker Josie Striped Knit Dress

Rent it via Rent the Runway, as it's no longer available to purchase.

Shoes: Stuart Weitzman Soundtrack High Heel Sandals

Monday, March 25, 2019

Spring Flowers

Spring is here! We had a beautiful weekend here in Atlanta, with sunny skies and temperatures in the 70s. I love this mild weather, even though my car is already covered in green pollen! Oh my allergies!

Today's dress is one I saw and instantly had to own! How could I resist a blue floral lace sheath dress?

Outfit Details:

Dress: BCBGMaxAzria Tri-Tonal Floral Lace Sheath Dress

Shoes: Jimmy Choo Lancer 85 Strappy Patent Leather Pumps in Nude

In other news...

  • Chapin and I are both loving our new Peloton bike. I'm very competitive, so the way Peloton ranks you against other people who have taken each class really gets me to work harder. Chapin continues to be impressed with how fit I am, but I've been working out steadily for almost 20 years, so I hope I'm in decent shape. ;)
  • Are you watching the TBS Original Miracle Workers? Highly recommend!
  • Support local bookstores! I visited Johns Creek Books and Gifts over the weekend, where I picked up Finding Dorothy and Daisy Jones & The Six in hardback. Sometimes it's nice to have actual books to read. Yes, I paid more than I would have on Amazon, but I like giving back to the local community where I grew up.
  • I'm counting down the days until Avengers: Endgame comes out. I've seen Infinity War more than 25 times, probably. I can't wait to see how it all turns out. Chapin can't get over how obsessed I've become with a Marvel movie. Check out the latest trailer below!

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Heart of the Matter

I just adore dresses with whimsical prints, so I was immediately drawn to this long-sleeve Parker dress featuring a hand-drawn heart pattern. It was like something out of Project Runway! Plus, the collar, keyhole and overall design make the dress a very chic addition to my wardrobe.

Outfit Details

Shoes: Jimmy Choo

It's a windy and cool day in Atlanta, so I was glad to have the opportunity to wear this long-sleeve dress before it gets too warm. 

March in Atlanta is so unpredictable... in the 70s one day, and the 40s the next! Welcome to the South, I guess!

Monday, March 18, 2019

A Case of the Mondays

Happy Monday! I had such a great weekend, so it was hard to come back to work today, especially since I am still adjusting to the time change.

Today's Outfit Details

Dress: Adrianna Papell Pleated Plaid Lace V-Neck Fit and Flare Dress

I bought the dress during the last Dillard's clearance sale, so I got a great deal on it. It's sold out on Dillards.com, but you can still find it at Amazon. I was worried the dress looked too much like one I already own, but since it was so cheap, I decided to go for it. It's funny I wore this other dress almost three years ago to the day!

The fit is a little off with this dress. I'm wearing a size 2, but the top is huge on me, and gapes everywhere. I might need to get it altered; it's such a cute dress, so I definitely want to wear it again.

Shoes: Jimmy Choo Fearne Glitter Criss-Cross Wedges

Weekend Highlights

  • Our new Peloton bike was delivered! Chapin has worked out every single day since we got it! I'm so proud of him.
  • Chapin and I had fun date night on Saturday, going to AIX, a new local French restaurant, and then a comedy show at Laughing Skull Lounge, where we saw The Lucas Brothers.
  • While we were dining at AIX, Joel McHale came in! I loved his show, Community, so much. I didn't get to talk to him, but I snapped this picture.
What a weekend!

Thursday, March 14, 2019


This week has seemed endless. It feels like it should be Friday -- but it's only Thursday! The weekend can't come fast enough!

Today's dress is a beautiful lace creation from the Shoshanna brand. While I don't love shift dresses, I got a great deal on this one, so I couldn't resist.

Outfit Details

Dress: Shoshanna Blue Lace Shift Dress

Shift dresses tend to make me look very boxy and widen my frame, so I don't buy them often. I have hips, and shift dresses don't really give you any shape, which results in a very square silhouette. The design here is smart, though; the eye is drawn upwards to the v-neck and lovely lace detail that you can see at the shoulders. I love the beautiful blue color, too. You just can't go wrong in blue.

Shoes: Jimmy Choo Luna 100 Glitter Peep-Toe Pumps

I'm excited for this weekend, because not only can I catch up on some sleep, but our new home exercise bike will be arriving from Peloton! I can't wait to try it out!

Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Velvet Allure

Black Halo created a velvet dress with ruched sleeves... of course I had to buy it!

Velvet and ornate sleeves are extremely trendy this season, so seeing the two combined in one dress makes for a very fashionable outfit.

Outfit Details

Also available in burgundy!

The biggest drawback of velvet is that it tends to show every wrinkle and flaw, but this dress is fully lined, so I took the risk. I liked that it had long sleeves, too, although it's already feeling more like spring than winter here in Atlanta. 

Shoes: Tamara Mellon Frontline 105 High Heel Sandals

With a little black dress, anything goes when it comes to footwear, but I wanted to offset the heaviness of the dress with a pair of sandals. These Tamara Mellon heels and their partly clear straps really help elongate the leg, too!

Monday, March 11, 2019


I'm so off my game today, and will most likely be bleary eyed the rest of the week. Why? Daylight Saving Time! It's become one of the most dreaded days of the year for me, and one that I hope ends soon! Apparently, it's one of the deadliest mornings on the road, and according to The New York Times, results in an increase in heart attacks and strokes, too.

Sleep is important, people!


Since I'm so tired, I wanted an easy breezy dress to wear today, and I immediately thought of this Parker dress. I wasn't sure I would like the dress on my frame, but I absolutely adore it. The big, puffy sleeves are reminiscent of late Victorian era fashion, and the metallic hues and bohemian vibe combine to produce a modern, chic look. There aren't even zippers; you just put the dress on and go!

Outfit Details

Dress: Parker Metallic Smocked A-Line Dress

The dress is still available at RueLaLa.com, so contact me if you want a personalized invitation to shop this online store. I find so many great deals here.

The Briana dress by Parker, available at Saks, is almost identical to the dress I'm wearing -- except for the ruffled skirt. Sometimes brands will make similar versions of their designs, and sell an "exclusive" look on one particular site. I wonder if that's what happened here!

Shoes: SJP by Sarah Jessica Parker Taylor Closed Toe T-Strap Pumps