Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Maje You Look

This Maje dress, with its embroidered material and overall flattering fit-and-flare design, is the perfect summer LBD! It's airy and light, and just makes me feel beautiful.


Dress: Maje Black Embroidered Fit and Flare Dress (no longer available)

Shoes: SJP by Sarah Jessica Parker Monroe Sandals

Monday, August 19, 2019

Parker

Chapin and I hosted a fun dinner party Saturday night, but all the cooking, cleaning, baking and clean-up made the weekend fly by! I'm also deep into re-watching Felicity, one of my favorite 90s shows, which is really making me reminisce about college. I can't believe next year will mark 20 years since I graduated Emory!


Outfit Details

This Parker dress is one I've had my eye on for quite awhile, and it finally went on sale. I love the overall design, with the flutter sleeves, v-neck and tie waist; it's very cool-casual, perfect for summer.

Dress: Parker Elijah Striped Chiffon Flutter-Sleeve Dress

Find the dress on the Parker New York website, as well as Neiman Marcus and Revolve Clothing.

Shoes: Vince Camuto Leera Espadrille Ankle-Strap Wedge Sandals in Pea Pod

The mint green stripes seem to get lost amidst the gold, silver and black, so I wore these wedges (color: Pea Pod) to bring the color out a bit. The shoes were a gift from my sister-in-law, and they are just so comfortable. They come in a variety of colors, too.


Buy these wedges on Amazon, Dillards.com, Lord & TaylorMacys.com, NordstromZappos and the Vince Camuto website. They seem to be everywhere!

I'm gearing up for a busy week, so... Happy Monday!

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Heat Wave

It's so hot and humid out, the air seems to have a yellow haze to it. I'll be glad when this heat wave subsides! We at least had some rain last night here in Atlanta, though the storm woke both me and Chapin up around 1 a.m. -- so that's why I look so tired today!

Outfit Details

My dress choices lately have been very "constricting," so today I wanted to wear something that was a bit lighter and more free flowing. This Jill Jill Stuart dress, my first from this brand, is not only airy, but has such a cute floral pattern. It will really work in a lot of seasons, and the tie waist and flutter sleeves make it extra flattering.


Dress: Jill Jill Stuart Navy Floral Dress

Find it at Bloomingdale'sNeiman Marcus and Zappos.

Shoes: SJP by Sarah Jessica Parker Buckingham Satin Ankle-Tie Sandals (no longer available)

Monday, August 12, 2019

Hi Ho, Silver

I'm starting out this incredibly hot and humid week in a black and silver dress by Likely. I bought the dress months and months ago on RueLaLa.com. It's super chic and flattering, with a design that easily shows off the arms and back.


Outfit Details

Dress: Likely Black and Silver Fit and Flare Dress (no longer available)

Unfortunately, this dress is no longer available, but I've been loving the designs from the Likely brand over the last few seasons, which you can find on the company's website as well as retailers like Saks. Likely is relatively lower priced (compared to other leading brands), so sometimes the quality is lacking and the sizing is a little off. I usually size up if a dress is more form fitting, for example.

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


Weekend Update

Chapin and I had a great weekend, seeing friends and buying new kitchen furniture. I also ran in a 5K and took third place in my age group. It was so hot, I couldn't believe I did at all well.  I really have to slow my speed to last in the heat and humidity. I think I will wait a few months to do any other runs outside...



Thursday, August 8, 2019

Made for Miami

Summer is definitely a good time to experiment with fashion. Today's dress seems made for a professional office setting in Miami, but I live in Atlanta, so the loud colors and body-con design are a little out of place.

But the dress is so colorful and flattering to your curves... it's ideal for a hot summer day, and it is certainly hot today!


Outfit Details

Dress: Ted Baker London Jordja Fantasia Panel Body-Con Dress

Find the dress at Amazon, Bloomingdale's, Nordstrom and Nordstrom Rack.

Shoes: Jimmy Choo Lang Sandals in Flame

As Seen on TV!
Petra recently wore the dress on Jane the Virgin!


Monday, August 5, 2019

Linda Hamilton Arms

Aside from being one of the best science fiction movies of the last few decades, Terminator 2: Judgment Day is also known for the ripped shape of its female protagonist. "Linda Hamilton arms" became something to aspire to in my own workouts, though even now, I feel I don't quite measure up... but I'm 'working' on it!


The halter style of today's outfit is really ideal for showing off toned arms. And while today's outfit feels a little too dressy for the office, I just love all the ruffles and flounce, so of course I had to wear it. Wearing something fun, something you love, makes the day that much brighter! Is it Monday, after all!


Outfit Details

DressBCBGMaxAzria Halter Polka Dot Black and White Ruffle Dress

Find the dress at Bloomingdale'sLord & Taylor and Amazon. I'm wearing a size four, but I really should have sized down to a 2; the dress is big on me, especially at the top.

There is also a gown version available on BCBG.com if you need a truly formal dress for a special occasion. It has a v-neck (rather than the halter style) and the ruffles reach all the way down to your toes. It's truly spectacular! (I just wish I had more cause to wear these types of formal dresses.)


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

Chapin and I had a great weekend, spending a lot of time together eating and just hanging out. We went out to a new restaurant, Aziza, on Saturday night, and had a Pizza & Pedicures Day in Inman Park on Sunday. We do love our food.

The gluten-free pizza at FRITTI in Atlanta is the best ever!

Chapin loves his pizza!

Friday, August 2, 2019

Summer Light

Shoshanna has released the perfect summer dress: denim, with multi-colored buttons adorning the front, it's too cute NOT to wear, and perfect for a busy Friday at the office.


Unfortunately, being in my usual morning rush, I neglected to realize the dress needed to be ironed. Oh well!

Outfit Details

Dress: Shoshanna Olevia Denim Midi Dress

(You can also find it here!)


Shoes: Manolo Blahnik Khan Clear Strap Sandals in Gold

This clear style is sold out, but you can still buy them in suede. They are super comfortable, with a blocky heel that makes them easy to walk in.

As it's Friday, I'm looking forward to a relaxing weekend with my husband and our three fur-kids. We are loving every minute we spend with Norman, Wally and Tulip. We just started the new season of Big Little Lies, so I imagine we'll be doing some binging this weekend, along with dinner a new restaurant that just opened near us: Aziza! I love trying new places to eat, so I'm excited.

Have a great weekend, everyone!

Thursday, July 25, 2019

Fierce

This dress makes a statement: that the woman wearing it is bold and confident! I'm not sure if that truly describes me... but I'm trying to live up to it!


Dress: Alice + Olivia Judy Ruched Polka Dot Dress

The polka dot version is sold out, but Alice + Olivia just released the same dress in a beautiful red.

Shoes: Alexandre Birman Shadow Sandals

I chose these shoes purposefully to juxtapose two contrasting patterns: stripes and dots. I like how the two patterns work together, and that the shoe choice is a little unexpected.

Work has been super busy this week, and I can't believe it's already Thursday (and almost the end of the month). With Tulip joining our family, we've been trying to keep our days low-key, but here are some highlights from recent weeks:

  • Projects: Chapin is in the midst of building Tulip a ramp so she can get on and off the couch with ease. She can't jump up or down due to her knees, and if you happen to get up -- even if it's just to go to the bathroom or get a drink from the fridge -- she will bark and bark. She doesn't like to be left behind! We're still teaching her how to use it, but hopefully she will get the hang of it soon.
  • TV: I'm re-watching the entire Veronica Mars series before diving into the new episodes that just hit Hulu. I'm behind on a lot of new shows right now as a result, including Big Little Lies and The Handmaid's Tale.
  • Food: Chapin and I just recently started getting meals from Green Chef, which offers a gluten-free plan. I haven't been excited about every meal, but they have all been tasty, and it gives Chapin a nice break from meal planning/ grocery buying.
  • Baking: Super easy recipe alert! I recently made these Butterscotch Cocoa Brownies for my dad's birthday, and they were a big hit. The sweetness of the butterscotch chips plays nicely with the dark chocolate cocoa for a satisfying treat. The only change I made to the recipe was using butterscotch extract instead of vanilla extract to bolster the butterscotch flavor.
Have you been shopping? My favorite shopping month of the year is coming to a close, but I'd love to hear about all the amazing deals you scored. Let me know what's new to your closet in the comments.

Monday, July 22, 2019

Fit and Flare Sundress

Today's eyelet dress is perfect for those spring and summer months when you want to wear something light, breezy and pastel pretty!


Outfit Details

Dress: Shoshanna Mollina Fit and Flare Eyelet Dress

I had my eye on this dress for months before it finally went on sale! I think it's so beautiful. I love the eyelet material, blue color and overall pattern.

My only complaint: It's a bit tight in the bust. If you have a larger chest, think about going up a size.

Shoes: SJP by Sarah Jessica Parker Queen Sandals


Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Shades

When it comes to fashion, not all shades of the same color can be flattering with your skin tone. Yellow is a hard color for me. I'm Italian, so I have strong yellow undertones that can make wearing warm colors (reds, oranges, yellows) difficult.

I fell in love with this feminine Rebecca Taylor dress, which is dominantly yellow, and just had to have it. Fortunately, it's in a buttery, pastel yellow that doesn't make me look too washed out or sickly.


Outfit Details

Dress: Rebecca Taylor Lemon Rose Summer Dress

Find the dress at RueLaLa.com, though there are only select sizes available. Definitely size down if you buy this dress. I had to buy a size four, even though a zero or two would have been preferable, since those other sizes were sold out. (The dress is big on me.) Rebecca Taylor sizing has changed over the last few years. It's great for my self-esteem, but can make online buying a bit more challenging.

ShoesChristian Louboutin Pink Peep-Toe Pumps


It's really the perfect summer dress!

Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Square Neckline Sheath Dress for Summer

A dress with a square neckline is so flattering, which is why it's at the top of my list when it comes to favorite design elements.

Outfit Details

Dress: Trina Trina Turk 'Approval' Square Neck Lace Sheath Dress

This dress is made for a summer day at the office. Summer is inherently more relaxed than other seasons, so I like how the professional sheath silhouette offsets the more casual navy and white floral lace pattern.


You can buy the dress at Macy's and Nordstrom Rack! It runs a little big, so I would size down. I'm wearing a size two for reference. It fits great at the bust, but is a little big at the waist and hips. I'm not even wearing Spanx!

If you are not comfortable with this look, but like the pattern, you're in luck! Dillard's and Nordstrom Rack are also selling the dress in a more conservative design (more boxy and with cap sleeves).

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

I also have to share a photo of our Little Lu I took earlier today. Isn't she sweet?

Tulip Arnett

Wednesday, July 10, 2019

The Mermaid Dress

I'm sure you have a mermaid dress somewhere in your closet. It might even be your wedding dress! The mermaid dress is a form-fitting dress that hugs (and shows off) the curves right up until the very end, where the hem then curls out and away from the body -- like a mermaid's tail!

Today, I'm wearing an everyday mermaid dress from Shoshanna.


Outfit Details:

Dress: Shoshanna Black and White Striped Sinead Dress

The dress is made from a heavier material, so it's not ideal for Georgia summers. But since it's overcast and rainy today, it seemed like a good choice! Since it's black and white, this dress can also be worn in any season and on a variety of body types. The vertical stripes are also very slimming -- a nice bonus!

Where to Buy:

You can also rent the dress via Rent the Runway.


Monday, July 8, 2019

Red Hot

It's been so hot in Atlanta the past few weeks. I just about melt every time I step foot outside. Thank goodness for summer dresses like this red and black polka dot dress from Milly.


Outfit Details:

Dress: Milly Tiffany Polka Dot Silk Midi Dress

Buy it now at Nordstrom Rack!

The dress is a gorgeous color and made from a delicate silk, but unfortunately it bunches around the armpits. I'm glad I didn't pay full price for this dress. It retails for $495!

ShoesTamara Mellon Frontline 105 High Heel Sandals

I get so many compliments on these sandals, and they go with everything. If you're looking for an investment shoe, I definitely recommend the Frontline.

Weekend Update:

I worked a half-day on Friday, so while it wasn't a complete four-day weekend for me, I did enjoy myself over the holiday.

July Fourth I ran the Peachtree Road Race for the seventh time. It was so hot and humid, so while I didn't get my best time, I certainly enjoyed myself. I love people watching -- the runners and everyone watching from the sidelines -- and this year there was a great crowd, as it was the 50th anniversary of the race.


Later on that day, we had my parents over for a late lunch. Chapin grilled turkey burgers and made potato wedge French fries - my favorite!

Friday night, we also hosted a few of our friends for dinner, as everyone was excited to meet little Tulip. I've started calling her Tuli. (I'm not sure Lulu is going to stick, but we shall see.) She is such a joy to have in the house. She loves snuggling with Wally, playing with Norman, and running after everyone. You can't leave her behind -- she won't let you!

Wally and Tulip

Saturday night we had another engagement, although this time we weren't hosting. One of Chapin's shooting friends had us over to his and his wife's home for dinner. It was a fun night, and they lived over near Emory, so it was nostalgic for me to back in that area. So much has changed! I can't believe it's been almost 20 years since I graduated.

We also binged the new season of Stranger Things throughout the weekend, finishing up Sunday night. It was gorier than past seasons, but I loved all the 80s songs, language ("gag me with a spoon"), pop culture references, and more. Even Back to the Future makes an appearance, as the series takes place in July 1985. It was totally awesome!

The mall plays an important role in the series, and the production staff really did an amazing job turning our local Gwinnett Place Mall into an 80s-era shopping mecca. (Gwinnett Mall used to be the mall we always frequented when we first moved to Georgia back in the early 1990s.)


Hopefully you had a great weekend as well! And don't forget -- now is a great time to shop online. Enjoy all the sales... while you can!

Monday, July 1, 2019

Tulip

This weekend was a very exciting one for my family, as we welcomed a new pug into our home: Tulip, or Lulu for short.

Princess Tulip

We adopted this sweet little girl from SNAFU (Short Noses and Friends United) Rescue, and she comes to us all the way from Omaha, Nebraska! Chapin traveled there on Friday to pick her up.

She is a very petite little pug, about half the size of her brothers, and just turned a year old this past May. She has had some past problems with her knees -- problems that required several surgeries -- but she is doing just great now. She just can't go up or down stairs or jump on or off the couch. If her brothers jump off the couch, she doesn't like to be left behind -- and she will let us know to PUT HER DOWN!  She is so spunky!

From left to right: Norman, Wally & Tulip

Tulip is already having so much fun chasing Norman and Wally around the house, and she does her best to keep up with them on walks through our neighborhood. She went to the office with Chapin today, as she is still potty training and learning our routines. She is pretty much happy all the time, and we love her so much already.

First photo as a family of five!
Outfit Details:

It's been so hot in Atlanta the past few days -- humid, too -- so I wanted to wear a comfortable and chic summer dress to help keep me cool. I love the ease of this Rebecca Taylor dress, and the lace is just beautiful.

Dress: Rebecca Taylor Lace Tank Dress

There are only limited sizes of this dress still available, but here is a similar dress from the La Vie Rebecca Taylor line.


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

I will remind everyone again: late June and early July is the best time to shop! You can score designer shoes, dresses and more at 75% off from stores like Saks, Nordstrom and Neiman Marcus. Have fun shopping, and I will leave you with one final shot of my fur-babies. I'm a pug mom of three!


Thursday, June 27, 2019

The Eyelet Summer Dress

One of my favorite summer dresses is the eyelet dress. The fabric is easy to wear and light enough for any hot summer day -- even in Atlanta!


Outfit Details

Dress: Parker Donna High Low Eyelet Dress

I don't normally love high low dresses (it's fashion's version of the mullet, in my opinion), but the dress has such a laid back vibe that it works. It's definitely more of a casual dress, so the slightly longer back helps bring it up a notch. The color is beautiful, too!

I first wore the dress back in May during our trip to the Turks and Caicos. It works as a great beach dress, weekend dress or for a casual day in the office. It is summer, after all!


Shoes: Jimmy Choo Fearne Glitter Criss-Cross Wedges

Monday, June 24, 2019

Sick in Summer

It's not easy being sick in summer! I spent the weekend couch-ridden after coming down with a nasty summer cold late last week. I know I've been run down, and I guess my body was telling me to slow down. I couldn't do much but sleep, read (I'm almost done with The Lido, by Libby Page) and watch TV.

We recently signed up for Hulu, and I've been having fun discovering old shows on the streaming service. I watched episodes of Perfect Strangers (one of the best theme songs, right?) and The Wonder Years, and added Buffy, Angel, My So-Called Life, Felicity and Beverly Hills, 90210 to my queue.

I also binged the first season of Agent Carter (thank you for the recommendation, Elizabeth) and a few episodes of Shrill, a new Hulu original comedy starring SNL vet Aidy Bryant. I highly recommend it!

I'm still feeling a little sick today, but hopefully this illness is making its way out of my body. I just want to feel like myself again.


Outfit Details

Dress: Shoshanna Rebecca Knit White Dress

I chose this dress because -- with its knit fabric -- it is so comfortable, and I knew I would want comfort above all else today since I'm still not feeling great.

The dress doesn't have much shape to it, but that's okay when it's comfort first.


Shoes: Prada Black and White Striped Bow Pumps

I've had these shoes for years (five or six, at least) and they are still in style. I just love them!

Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Earthy

This blue-green dress from Belle Badgley Mischka is so beautiful and ornate! I love the unique design and all the little details in the lace crochet pattern.


Outfit Details

Dress: Belle Badgley Mischka Deanndra Embroidered A-Line Dress

Unfortunately, this dress is no longer available, but you can shop the brand at Dillard's and Saks Off 5th. If you like the design, check out this similar dress at Saks.

Shoes: Jimmy Choo

Monday, June 17, 2019

How to Add Your Own Style to the Little Black Dress

What is one staple that every woman has in her closet? Most likely, it's the LBD: the Little Black Dress. Black is the most versatile color, slimming you down and helping you look your best -- and it's a color that works on everyone.


But how do you best style the LBD?

You can add colorful jewelry and shoes, keep it simple with black or neutral accessories, or go all black and white. Whatever you decide -- it should be an expression of your own style, and appropriate for the occasion, of course.

Today, since I'm just going to the office, I didn't do much with my accessories. I wore ruby jewelry and chose these sparkly SJP shoes to fancy up what is really a very simple dress.


Outfit Details

Dress: Donna Ricco Square-Neck Scuba Fit and Flare Dress

The neckline is why I really wanted to buy this dress. I love a dress with a square neck, since I feel it's the most flattering on me. I also liked that it was made of a scuba material (no ironing) and has that lacy design along the edges. The dress run true to size, and I'm wearing a size 2 for reference. It's a very comfortable dress that won't be going out of style anytime soon.

Shoes: SJP by Sarah Jessica Parker Giddy Dress Sandals

The sandals are no longer available, but many major retailers, like Bloomingdale's, Neiman Marcus and Saks, carry the SJP shoe line.

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.